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Report: Knicks C Marcus Camby (calf strain) out 7-to-10 days

By Ben Golliver | Blogger

Hopefully the New York Knicks' training staff is up to speed on the latest and greatest geriatric treatments. Otherwise, this could be a long season. It's starting already.

Knicks veteran center Marcus Camby will miss seven to 10 days with a left calf strain, according to Newsday. The 38-year-old big man underwent an MRI after suffering the injury during New York's first week of training camp.

The injury will sideline him for New York's preseason opener against the Wizards in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11 and an Oct. 13 game against the Boston Celtics in Hartford, Conn.

New York opens its regular season against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 1 at the Barclays Center. Camby has a little more than three weeks to get healthy for that cross-town clash.

Camby signed a three-year deal with the Knicks this summer worth $13.2 million. He has never been known as an ironman; during his 16-year NBA career, he has played more than 75 games just once. Here with the Knicks, though, less will be asked of Camby than anywhere he has played in roughly a decade. Starting center Tyson Chandler will handle the bulk of the minutes and the responsibilities; Camby, who started for the Portland Trail Blazers and, at times, the Houston Rockets last season, can shift into a purely reserve, minute-filling role.

Camby is one of a number of super-veterans the Knicks are counting on this season: Rasheed Wallace (38), Kurt Thomas (40) and Jason Kidd (39) are all currently with the team.

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