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Knicks backup center Marcus Camby not near return


Last week, the Knicks said backup center Marcus Camby would be out a week to 10 days because of a strained calf.

But it’s going to go on longer than that. How much longer isn’t known, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

Camby, who has a calf strain, didn’t practice Tuesday and Knicks coach Mike Woodson admitted he isn’t sure if he will be back next week and make the Knicks upcoming three-game road trip to Montreal-Albany-Syracuse….

“I can’t say he’s getting close,’’ Woodson said. “He’s feeling better – put it that way. I’ll talk to (trainer) Roger (Hinds) and the training staff and see if there’s a chance of him coming back next week. I don’t know yet.’’

The Knicks other backup big man on the sidelines, Rasheed Wallace, still isn’t practicing with the team due to his conditioning after a couple years out of the league.

These are the risks the Knicks run having an older bench with five guys over the age of 35 — more injuries and ones that last longer.

Camby probably comes back by the time the season starts and the games actually matter. But Camby has had his injury issues four of the past five years (he did play 59 of the 66 last year, but not more than 59 of the 82 the four years prior) so this is something to watch, something that could be a trend.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.