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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter