Marcus Camby expected to play Friday vs. Mavericks

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Knicks' center Marcus Camby is expected to make his season debut with New York on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.

New York Knicks' center Marcus Camby is expected to make his season debut and return from a calf strain on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks. Camby missed the entire preseason with a calf strain, but is on track to participate in practice on Wednesday and Thursday and join the Knicks when they host the Mavericks on Friday.

Camby spent last season with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, averaging 4.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game. Camby, 38, spent four seasons with the Knicks from 1998-2002. He won NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2007 with the Denver Nuggets. Camby was brought in to join a Knicks frontcourt featuring 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace, and Amare Stoudemire.

The Knicks are 3-0 on the season, winning their games by an average of 19.4 points, and sit in first place in the Atlantic Division.

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