Posted October 09, 2013

Rockets’ Marcus Camby (foot) to miss at least 2 weeks, possibility of surgery looms

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Marcus Camby averaged 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Knicks last season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rockets center Marcus Camby will miss at least the next two weeks as he receives treatment for a foot injury.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Camby is hoping to avoid surgery on the injury that has so far kept him out of training camp and the preseason.

“My plantar fascia is torn,” Camby said. “I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We’re just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don’t want to rehab it and nurse it and have it still be lingering. That is something I’m going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it.”

Surgery on the foot would reportedly sideline Camby for approximately two months.

Camby, 39, is one of the NBA’s oldest active players, and he played in just 24 games for the Knicks last season. A defense and rebounding specialist whose length theoretically retains a measure of value even at this stage of his career, Camby holds career averages of 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, but he averaged just 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in limited time last season.

Traded to the Raptors in the Andrea Bargnani deal, Camby was later bought out by Toronto. He then signed a one-year deal to return to Houston, where he played down the stretch of the 2011-12 season. His addition amounted to simple injury protection; with both All-Star center Dwight Howard and Omer Asik, last year’s starting center, on the roster, minutes were going to be few and far between for Camby, whose playing time has steadily dwindled since 2010.

The Rockets are currently in Asia to play two preseason games and will return to the United States next week.  Houston’s regular season opener is set for Oct. 30 against Charlotte at the Toyota Center.

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