Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  9 responses

Marcus Camby Thinking of Retiring in 2012?

Camby tells FanHouse that when his current deal expires, he may walk away from the game:  “The Portland center, who turns 37 in March, is under contract through next season. But that could be it for him. ‘I’ll finish out my contract. I don’t know (after that),’ Camby, making $8.45 million this season and $9.26 million in 2011-12, said. ‘It depends on how my body feels. It depends on the situation that I’m in. If I’m in the rotation, then I’m fine with that. I think I’ve got too much pride to be the 11th or 12th man.’ Camby, entering his 15th season, is now a Trail Blazers starter. But it remains to be seen what his role will be with them down the road, especially if Greg Oden, Portland’s center of the future, can return effectively after undergoing surgery for a serious knee injury sustained last December. With big men always needed, the four-time leader in blocked shots might be able to continue to find NBA work into his 40s. But he won’t be looking just to have a job. ‘I could,’ Camby said of being able to play in the NBA for several years after his contract expires. ‘But I don’t know. I’ve got to get reacquainted with my kids.’”

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  • JTaylor21

    Anybody tried to say his name three times in the dark? It gets uglier than his jumpshot.

  • JoeMaMa

    That last line says something about the demands a professional athlete must accept. Reacquianted with his kids? That just doesn’t sound good.

  • hammer

    Co-sign jomama. That 4 me stood out the most. Shout out 2 camby tho. Lookin 4ward 2 c how he and my blazers do this yr



  • permaculture james

    I like the guy. As for the kids thing, I believe I heard that he was very bummed about moving to Portland at the beginning because his kids were installed and happy in LA. Hopefully, that is what he’s talking about rather than his entire playing career. If you can’t be with your kids enough, with 40 away games or so but with summers off, I’d be surprised.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    man i bet it does suck for him being away from his family.. always loved this dudes defense

  • dma

    Is it really that surprising though? A lot of people take the face that professional athletes get paid millions and millions of dollars “to play a game they love.” Think about the average day of an NBA player: wake up late due to last night’s game, kids are already at school. Go to practice for a couple of hours, go back home or do some team promotion or charity work while kids are at school. Arrive to arena for shootaround around 4 or 5, game tape or last minute stuff. Sign autographs do press conference. Tip off at 7 play until 10 or so. Get dressed, talk to media, press conference. Get home at 12 and kids are asleep. Even when you’ve got a home game, there’s little to no time to see your kids. My point? It is tougher than ‘just playing 82 games’.

  • AL29

    I love Camby. He was injury-prone throughout most of his career, and had his share of off-court troubles, but he really pulled it together in his 30s and was actually one of the most efficient players in the L after arriving in Denver. He must have done yoga or something, I don’t know, but he got healthier as he aged. I’m glad to see him adding veteran presence in Portland. And hey, at least he acknowledges his kids, unlike some superstars in Miami who shall remain nameless.

  • Washtub

    Campy’s 37 already? Shit, NOW i feel really old