Don't expect to see Marcus Camby every night, folks. Not that anyone really expected to see him out there game in and game out. The 39-year old veteran will be a key piece of the Houston Rockets' roster, but he won't be on the court every night.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Camby will get plenty of rest. In fact, Rockets' coach Kevin McHale is not afraid to flat out say there will be game in which Camby doesn't play. With Dwight Howard playing in front of him and 17 seasons behind him, the aging veteran is looking to simply help the team while riding out the rest of his career.
Injuries kept him from doing this with the Rockets a year ago, but now Camby is ready to ride off into the sunset in a town he calls home with a team he's comfortable with.
"Being familiar with the city, this being my home, and being around the guys and the organization for those … games I was here a couple years ago, I felt that I was at the part of my career this was a good opportunity for me," Camby said of his return to the Rockets as a free agent this summer. "Having a chance to come back home and finish my career here was all pluses for me."Camby tore ligaments in his wrist and was no longer able to contribute in the way the Rockets wanted him to last season. He was shipped off to New York during the summer. The Rockets feel this time will be different, though. They expect less, and Camby understands his role. It's a comfortable position for both sides.
Camby has averaged 9.5 points per game and 9.8 rebounds in his career. He has proven himself as a star, as a defender, and as a rebounder in his career. His experience will certainly be a help for the Rockets.