Mike Woodson will decide if Marcus Camby debuts Friday

Marcus Camby sips a beverage after practice. (Oct. Marcus Camby sips a beverage after practice. (Oct. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: David Pokress

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The 3-0 Knicks could have another big body for their frontcourt Friday night when they host the Dirk Nowitzki-less Mavericks at the Garden.

Marcus Camby went through Wednesday's scrimmage and will work out again Thursday. The 38-year-old last played for the Knicks in 2002 and would like to make his MSG re-debut Friday -- if coach Mike Woodson thinks he's ready.

"Of course I want to play," said Camby, who missed the entire preseason with a strained left calf. "I wanted to play in the Miami game. But I don't make those decisions."

Woodson -- who does -- was taking a wait-and-see approach.

"He's got to learn our packages," Woodson said. "Get a little sharper there. But I thought overall he was pretty active, got up and down the floor, did all our drills. So we'll take it a day at a time and see how he feels [Thursday] and see where we are."

The well-traveled Camby chuckled when told he had to show he knew the Knicks' plays before he could get on the floor when it counts.

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"I study the game a lot," Camby said. "I've been in the game a lot. A lot of this stuff is familiar stuff with me. Just trying to see where I can fit in on the court on the defensive end and where I can help my teammates as best as possible."

When Camby returns, he will join Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace as big veteran backups. That could help against Dallas, which is waiting for Nowitzki to return from arthroscopic knee surgery. Forward Shawn Marion is also out with a sprained knee ligament.

But it's not as if the Knicks have suffered without Camby. They won their first three games by an average margin of 19.3 points.

"The guys went out there playing exceptionally well," Camby said. "It's fun to play. Guys are laughing, having a good time out there, making the game easy for one another and that's the way the game should be played.

"I'm still a part of it, even though I'm not out there. I'm still out there cheering the guys on and things of that nature. When my time comes, I just have to be ready."

Will that be Friday? Woodson wouldn't tip his hand.

"A lot of it is still conditioning," Woodson said. "He's running. So we'll see."

Camby said he "felt all right. I was out there. No subs all day. That's the way I like it, though. I need the work."

Kidd stuff. Jason Kidd said he was looking forward to seeing Mavs owner Mark Cuban Friday, even though Cuban recently said he won't retire Kidd's number in Dallas because he is mad the point guard signed with the Knicks. "Cuban owns the team, so he has every right to his opinion," Kidd said. "But the one thing he can't take away is the championship ring."

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