April 20th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Sports, Sports

Mar-Cus Cam-Bee Scores A New Deal

Marcus Camby

Whilst a nation waits for WW's own Casey Jarman and Aaron Mesh to live blog Game Two tonight of the first-round series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, there's this bit of news about Blazers center Marcus Camby.

The Blazers announced today what's been rumored for the last 24 hours — Camby has been signed to a two-year contract extension.
“Portland felt right to me since I got here and the support from the team, fans and organization has been incredible,” Camby said in a press release. “I'm looking forward to continuing my career as a Trail Blazer and think this team can do something special.”

“Marcus has been a great fit for us and is a big reason for our success,” general manager Kevin Pritchard said in the same press release. “He's one of the league's top defensive players, a consummate professional and we're thrilled to see him in a Trail Blazers uniform for at least two more seasons.”

In the two months since Pritchard traded Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake (anybody remember them?) to the Los Angeles Clippers for Camby, the 36-year-old center has become an immediate fan favorite, as witnessed by the much commented upon "Mar-Cus Cam-Bee" chant April 12 in the Rose Garden. And there's no doubt Camby has been a needed injection — Portland is 17-6 with Camby, the NBA's second leading rebounder — on a team that lacks a true center.

But it does raise an interesting question for next season, if you assume centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla return at full strength. (I know that's a big assumption when it comes to big men, especially with somebody like the seemingly cursed Oden.) Three centers and 48 minutes to be divided each game. The mind boggles.

Do you start Camby, leave Przybilla to rot on the bench if and when he returns from his recent injury rehab setback, and make Oden the main backup — giving Oden time to develop?

Do you figure Oden can't be counted upon, leaving Camby and Przybilla to split time?

Does Camby play some power forward, as he did with the Clippers?

Ponder all that while listening to this

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