Marcus Camby Injury: Knicks center aiming for season opener, practice next week

Marcus Camby hopes to be ready for the New York Knicks' season opener, although he might not take the court in any of the team's six preseason games.

Camby hasn't yet taken the court in his second stint with the Knicks, as the 38-year-old has sat out of practice ever since straining his camp three days into training camp. He also won't attempt to practice before the team's upcoming road trip that will see them play three games in four days beginning Friday. But Camby feels like he'll be ready to return to the practice court next Tuesday, over two weeks after an injury originally meant to keep him out for one. He should be ready to back up Tyson Chandler by the time the season-opener rolls around on Nov. 1.

This year's Knicks have already taken on a reputation for being injury-prone, in part thanks to their age. In addition to Camby, 39-year-old Rasheed Wallace is still not in condition to play and while Ronnie Brewer is returning to the court, J.R. Smith was in a walking boot Wednesday, although that injury is not believed to keep him out of any preseason games.

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