Tuesday, January 18th, was a pretty awesome day. I exercised my right as an unemployed person to sleep in extra late, eventually getting up to enjoy a bowl of Captain Crunch as a few of my housemates meandered back in from their various activities. As per the usual, I checked my facebook, followed by the first of my 2-3 daily Blazersedge checks. I was hoping to get information about the Marcus Camby knee injury, and sure enough, I did. The MRI had come back negative! Fantastic! With that good news in my pocket, I proceeded to do a few errands until dinner time. My roommate decided to experiment a little, as he had been gifted a box full of oranges, and wanted to use a few with dinner. He came up with a dish that incorporated some beans, hamburger, and a hint of orange zest. It was fantastic. I then settled down, enjoyed some fine Comedy Central programming, and eventually ending the day watching Star Trek. Then, at about 11:58, I headed back over to the B-Edge to check out the preview of the Kings game.
BLAM! Like a witty metaphor hitting your funny bone, suddenly this wave of panic and despair washed over me. The headline read that Marcus Camby was going to have surgery to repair a slight meniscus tear. Now, instantly I thought to myself: "Oh boy... we're screwed, another name on the ever-growing injury report." This was followed by a thought that compared the Blazers to the Titanic. The Blazers were supposed to be that next big thing, and we stowed our hopes and dreams on her, but something unforeseen has happened, and well... we're going down.
Then, I realized... its not the end of the world. Why? Think about it... We have probably the easiest schedule in the NBA going into the All-Star break. Take a look at your schedule, if you don't believe me. Yes, we do play 6 games at home, and 7 on the road, but look at those 7 games on the road. @Denver is the only truly important one, and they may concede this season by then. Other than that, the closest thing to difficult our road games offer is @Indianapolis. Of our 6 games at home, 3 are against good teams. Chicago, Boston, and San Antonio are all formidable opponents, but they're at our place. We've seen our team overcome adversity to knock off the big dog when the big dog is the one intruding on our territory.
In 9 of our 13 games until the break, our opponents will have a losing record. Yeah, having Marcus Camby out hurts... but from what the Blazers brass is indicating, this is a fairly mild injury. If Camby is out a month, then that's fine. I'd much rather it be this month, than next month. You know what else is good about this injury? Guess who's going to have to be a double-double machine? LaMarcus Aldridge, that's who. LaMarcus may not be the beneficiary of a few easy transition baskets here and there, but he knows what he has to do, and he has shown the ability to hit the boards hard when pressed into action at the Center position. Plus, if their bigs are crashing the boards too, he'll beat them down the court for the secondary break. Marcus Camby's injury might actually be enough to put LaMarcus into the All-Star game. Honestly, I didn't expect him to make it, but he's emphatically placed himself in the conversation. Plus, if he makes it, I can buy the Aldridge All-Star jersey. And I really want an Aldridge Jersey, I just haven't gotten to the point where I felt like I could convince myself that this isn't just a fluke. Yeah, I still think I'm dreaming... Its a pretty awesome dream, though.
But, with all of that being said the single greatest thing about Marcus Camby's injury is the possible, arguably probable, return of the Sean Marks Highlight of the Night. I'm an admitted Sean Marks hater, but as it goes, I sorta miss having someone to laugh at for being relatively inferior to everyone else on the court. Every minute he's on the court hurts me, but at the same time, makes me extremely happy. I guess I'm just a basketball masochist.
In conclusion, as much as it hurts to see one of my favorite players go down, there is a bright side to all of this. It really isn't the worst time for him to go down. And his protoge is seemingly more and more able to carry another extra burden on his back. So, don't despair! Just because we've lost both arms and a leg doesn't mean we won't keep fighting. Unlike the Black Knight, however, we're gonna be victorious in the end.