Herbert: Missing Blazers C Marcus Camby

Aside from the marijuana arrest that wasn't and a shout out from University of Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari, it's been a quiet lockout for veteran Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby.

James Herbert over at Hardwood Paroxysm writes that he's starting to miss one of his childhood favorites.

Lately I've been thinking of the vets: I hate that we'll likely miss out one of Steve Nash's final years, I hate that Kobe's pursuit of rings and records will likely be put on hold, and I hate that I'm wondering if San Antonio will still be a contender when Tim Duncan is 36 and Manu Ginobili is 35. It's not just the Hall of Famers I'm worried about, though - it's possible we've seen the last of guys like Jermaine O'Neal, Antonio McDyess, and one of my favorite players: Marcus Camby.

I can't think of Camby without thinking of his early years in Toronto. He was a lanky rookie, but with his shot-blocking ability and the way he ran the floor, pairing him with ROY Damon Stoudamire seemed like a sure bet. As a kid, I loved his dunks and blocks and the fact that when I ran down to the floor area before games at the SkyDome he'd fist-bump me and ask, "What's up?" For scouts, his ability to cover ground on defense was probably more important.

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Camby will be 38 at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season. If this lockout isn't resolved relatively soon, he'll have just missed out on $12.8 million. As a free agent, he'll probably be able to chase a ring somewhere, but he might not play significant minutes. At that point, he might just decide it's time to try to become an elementary school principal. If the next time I see him on TV I'm watching his retirement announcement or he's struggling to get up and down the floor, it's going to feel extremely sudden. That would be such a shame.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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