First off let me say if anyone is guilty of a little to much Camby love its me, love the guys game, professionalism, demeanor, etc. I ask this because i started thinking, do we over-value him or is our love justified? Dont remember the Knicks fans being so rabid in there love for the guy,nor the nuggets(who he won a DPOY with)nor the Clippers. I'm a die hard blazer fan and as such i know little about the favorite players of other franchises but Camby will undoubtedly go down as a favorite around here and in less than a full season.
This is both telling and somewhat shocking, help me think of another role player who has had similar love around here because i can't think of one. I don't EVER remember any other role player in there first 25 games with the team getting there name chanted at the end of a super important game. Link for those who want to hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OdFLIRmzSg I do get chills listening to that i admit, this is what got me thinking though. General obvious knowledge says Camby is a veteran, defensive PF/C who pass's well for a big man, has an ok jumper,and capable(at best) post game. This does not shout, "name needs chanted by the while rose garden."
I know the specific reasons behind that night but my point is that is was relatively unprecedented. But again why? Outsiders could conclude we have been mentally scarred by our center history dating back to the Walton Injury in the 77-78 season that de-railed what looked like a re-peat title team through to the current Oden drama. I can understand people drawing this conclusion and there is a certain amount of merit to it but is that why?
Some will say that he is a savvy vet who fits perfectly with the team and without him our defense would be an open door with no resistance. Again i see the merit to this line of thinking, he is savvy no doubt. His BBIQ is way off the charts, he quarterbacks our defense, moves like a deer even at his age, blocks shots and rebounds with the best in the league, has great offensive awareness, passes well, shoots a fairly reliable jumper, and is good in the locker room. I mean thats a fricking laundry list right there.
So i ask you all, Is Camby over valued by us? My vote says no, but i can see it from both sides quite well which is why it is such a thinker. Speaking of votes, guess ill include a poll.
P.S. MARCUS !... CAMBY! <clap> <clap>........<clap><clap><clap> Marcus!!! ...Camby!!!