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Dear Marcus Camby: We Love You, Now Please Retire

With apologies to Marcus Camby (We love you, Marcus!) it’s time to retire. So long and thanks for all the blocks. If nothing else, he should do it for the sake of the New York Knicks.

It’s good enough for Jason Kidd, so it’s good enough for Camby. Granted, J-Kidd surprisingly bolted for the Brooklyn Nets’ coaching gig, but I’m sure good ol’ Marcus could catch on as a Special Assistant In Charge Of Blocks and Rebounds.

Maybe overlord James Dolan and GM Glen Grunwald would let Camby just hang around with the team like they did with Baron Davis this season.

Mercifully, Kidd forfeited the $6 million he would have been owed over the next two seasons. That seemed like a wise move after he was cursed by some voodoo hex over the last 10 playoff games, suddenly rendered unable to put the basketball through the hoop.

Impossibly, the 39-year-old Camby is owed just over $8.5 million through 2015, and he apparently intends to collect every penny of it.

Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com delivered the bad news on June 13 from Camby’s agent, Richard Kaplan, who stated: "There's no reason to believe he won't be back and won't take on a greater role next season." Asked why his client only played three minutes over the Knicks’ 12 playoff games, Kaplan said he was "not sure why."

Of course, Camby has enjoyed a slight renaissance in his later seasons, leading all qualifying players in rebounding rate from 2009 to 2012.

In 24 games for the Knicks last season, Camby posted six points and 11.5 boards per 36 minutes. But he only averaged 10.4 minutes per game. And did I mention that he played in just 24 games?

In his five seasons wearing blue and orange, Camby missed 157 games. And he turns 40 next year. Yeesh.

Contrary to Kaplan’s optimism, there’s every reason to believe that Camby won’t take on a greater role next season. He’s injury prone, he’s old and he’s got 17 seasons of wear and tear on him. Thinks of a Toyota Tercel with 300,000 miles on it. That’s what Camby is driving these days.

Whether he retires or remains on the roster through the end of his contract, there’s good reason to believe that Camby will spend the majority of that time limping around with plantar fasciitis and chatting with Herb Williams on the bench.

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