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Marcus Camby to have knee surgery

Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:20 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 12:22 am
Marcus Camby to have surgery on left knee to repair torn mensicus. No timeline set for return.
Posted by Matt Moore

It would be funny, if it weren't so sad. 

The Blazers have another player undergoing surgery. Yes, knee surgery. No, it is not Greg Oden, he just had it. No, it is not Brandon Roy. That was last week. No, it is not Joel Przybilla, thankfully. That was last year. Twice. 

No, this time it's Marcus Camby who the Oregonian reports will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The Blazers soon confirmed the report. A timetable for Camby's return has not been released yet. 

Should the surgery be to remove the meniscus, Camby could be out much longer, but there has been no indication that the surgery is for removal and not repair. Camby's known as a pretty tough customer so a return ahead of schedule isn't out of the question, but Camby's also made noise for several years about heading towards retirement. You have to wonder if he's getting worn out of these kinds of things. An average return for a meniscus repair is 4-6 weeks. 

In the meantime, the Blazers will suffer through their fifth player undergoing knee surgery this season. Five. Oden, Roy, rookie Elliot Williams, Jeff Pendergraph, and now Camby. This is the third center this season, fourth to miss some time this season due to knee surgery (Przybilla missing significant time in the beginning). This has moved beyond ridiculous. It's into patently absurd. It's ludicrous. There's a book somewhere in spending some time with Phoenix's training staff, and then spending some time with the Blazers' training staff. Oden having a bad string of luck is one thing, as is Roy's condition which was pre-existing to when he was drafted. But five players in the span of a season undergoing knee surgery? Is the ground made of adamantium there?  Is the water poisoned with anti-knee fungus? Is it just the freaking rain? 

Somewhere along the way, the pattern becomes such that you have to be concerned about it long-term. In the meantime, Nate McMillan will have to somehow find a way to rally the troops in the face of even more adversity. This for a team that two seasons ago looked set to become a title contender. 

Like I said, it'd be funny if it weren't so sad. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:28 pm

Marcus Camby to have knee surgery

I agree with Porvalsh. Might be time to look at their practice gym, their training methods, everything. This is way past normal.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:24 am

Marcus Camby to have knee surgery

Seriously, this is beyond chance now.  The Blazers need to look hard and long at their training system and figure out how to control the impact it has on knees.  This is just frickin ridiculous and undermines everything the rest of the staff is doing for the team as well as the time these players are putting in to get better.  I would at least get Jay out of there just because.

Jay don't look in shape at all buddy.  You're a walking contradiction if you don't apply your own training techniques to yourself.  Even if you're 1 of 4 Certified Athletic Trainers in the NBA what does that even matter when half your team is coming down with knee problems.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:59 am

Marcus Camby to have knee surgery

Another one of my Fantasy players down.....

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