Marcus Camby Knicks

Knicks Camby has plantar fasciitis, could be out a while


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.

Gordon Hayward goes behind Jordan Clarkson’s back with dribble

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Utah’s Gordon Hayward abused the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson on this play.

First, Hayward reads and steals Clarkson’s poor feed into the post intended for Kobe Bryant, then going up the sideline he takes his dribble behind Clarkson’s back to keep going. It all ends in a Rudy Gobert dunk.

Three quick takeaways here:

1) Gordon Hayward is a lot better than many fans realize. He can lead this team.

2) It’s still all about the development with Clarkson, and that’s going to mean some hard lessons.

3) Hayward may have the best hair in the NBA, even if it’s going a bit Macklemore.

(Hat tip reddit)

Could Tristan Thompson’s holdout last months? Windhorst says yes.

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five

VIZZINI: “So, it is down to you. And it is down to me.”
MAN IN BLACK nods and comes nearer…
MAN IN BLACK: “Perhaps an arrangement can be reached.”
VIZZINI: “There will be no arrangement…”
MAN IN BLACK: “But if there can be no arrangement, then we are at an impasse.”

That farcical scene from The Princess Bride pretty much sums up where we are with the Tristan Thompson holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, minus the Iocane powder. (Although that scene was a battle of wits in the movie and this process seems to lack much wit.) The Cavaliers have put a five-year, $80 million offer on the table. Thompson wants a max deal (or at least a more than has been offered), but he also doesn’t want to play for the qualifying offer and didn’t sign it. LeBron James just wants the two sides just to get it done.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN thinks LeBron could be very disappointed.

Windhorst was on the Zach Lowe podcast at Grantland (which you should be listening to anyway) and had this to say about the Thompson holdout:

“I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season.”

Windhorst compared it to a similar situation back in 2007 with Anderson Varejao, which eventually only broke because the then Charlotte Bobcats signed Varejao to an offer sheet. Thompson is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offer, but only Portland and Philadelphia have the cap space right now to offer him a max contract. Neither team has shown any interest in doing so.

And so we wait. And we may be waiting a while.