Marcus Camby has only played in six games for the Knicks this season, and he had limited minutes in those games. And Knicks fans are not going to see the guy slated to lighten Tyson Chandler’s role on Wednesday or Thursday either.
In fact it may be a while, he has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis after an MRI of his sore left foot over the weekend, as tweeted by Al Iannazzone of Newsday among others.
For those unfamiliar (which is not many NBA fans at this point), plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. It makes it painful to do things like run or jump. Which turns out are pretty essential to playing basketball, even at Camby’s age.
The only real treatment is rest (there are other things that help, but rest is the key). Camby has been getting that. He’s going to get more.
His absence hasn’t hurt the Knicks too much yet, but they could use another big who can block shots and has a nice midrange game. But with Camby’s history of nagging injuries, best to get him 100 percent before bringing him back.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.