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Second MRI review shows Marcus Camby with meniscus tear, surgery next

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When the official report came back on Marcus Camby’s MRI saying it was clean, we told you that the Blazers were wary and wanted their own team doctor to take a look at the films.

Turns out, with good reason.

A second review revealed partial medial meniscus tear in Camby’s left knee, and he will have surgery later this week the team announced.

“The MRI taken earlier today did not show anything significant,” said Blazers GM Rich Cho in a released statement. “However, a more thorough review tonight from our team physician did reveal a partial tear.”

The timetable for his return will be set after the surgery.

This will hurt the Blazers on the court, Camby is an anchor on defense and gives them 11 rebounds and nearly two blocked shots per game. In Camby’s place Nate McMillan said we may see Joel Przybilla, who had  knee surgery last March after falling in the shower during his rehab from another knee surgery in December 2009.

Camby also was a valuable trade asset for the Blazers, if they decided to go that route, but his value has now dropped.

Camby joins a lengthy list of injured Blazers this season that includes Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, the latter of which just had surgery on both knees Monday. The basketball gods have been particularly cruel to the Blazers.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.