Mike Woodson unsure if Marcus Camby will play in opener

Marcus Camby meets with the New York media. Marcus Camby meets with the New York media. (July 12, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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SYRACUSE -- It sounds as if Rasheed Wallace has a better chance of playing in the regular-season opener than Marcus Camby does.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said "I don't know" if Camby (strained left calf) -- who expects to be cleared for running later this week -- will be ready for Nov. 1 against the Nets. "With Marcus' injury, we're going to take that slow," he said. "Calf injuries can be tough. We don't want this thing being a nagging problem throughout the rest of the season."

Woodson said Wallace "could" scrimmage Tuesday, although it doesn't sound likely. But he made it seem as if Wallace, who has been working on conditioning after taking off the past two seasons, is getting closer.

Woodson said he will get updates on Wallace and other injured players Tuesday. "If the doctors give me some positive feedback," he said, "then we'll react off of that."


Lineup shufflingMinus Amar'e Stoudemire (knee), Woodson started Carmelo Anthony at power forward Monday night against the 76ers. The other starters were Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer and Tyson Chandler.

"It could be that way all year, depending on personnel and how we're playing," Woodson said. "I don't want to see Melo have to guard big, big . He can. But it takes a lot out of him, too."


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