What Can Marcus Camby Do This Summer To Ensure His Impact Is Prolonged On The Blazers?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/28/2010 4:29 PM

    Up next is Marcus Camby:
    Here is a snippet from my blog-
     Immediately after being traded to Portland near the trade deadline, Marcus Camby made his impression felt. The 6'11", 220 lb. 14 year veteran helped shore up a depleted Trail Blazers front line, ailing from the injured departures of Oden and Przybilla. Down the stretch run of the season, whatever the Trail Blazers needed from Marcus on any given night, he provided it. Whether it was his memorable 30 point, 13 rebound performance in victory against the Thunder, inspiring the crowd to serenade him with chants of "Mar-cus Cam-bee" all throughout the Rose Garden arena or his uncanny veteran leadership. With the health status of the other big men still in question, Camby will definitely be called upon again this season to shoulder the load. What can he do this summer to ensure his impact is prolonged on the Trail Blazers?

    1. Free Throw Shooting

    2. There's no doubt the big men of the NBA take the most punishment under the boards and with all the gouged eyes, elbows thrown, and rakes across the arm come free throw opportunities. Although Camby doesn't make a living at the charity stripe as implicated by his career-high 4.19 attempts per game, which took place during his rookie year and 1.35 attempts during his 23 game stint with Portland, the worth of a big who can hold their own at the foul line is invaluable. How much more dominant would players such as Shaquille O'Neal (.527 career free throw percentage) or Wilt Chamerlain (.511) be had they been able to knock them down at a reasonable clip? Now, no one is comparing Marcus to two of the greatest centers in NBA history, but refining his 58.1% free throw percentage should be a priority this summer. If he can hover around 70% for the upcoming season, Portland's 21st best scoring offense (98.1 ppg) could eclipse the century mark for the first time under Nate McMillan's tenure and overall since 1995.

    At age 36, the big question regarding Marcus is how many miles does he have left in the tank? We know his will always be a tremendous shot blocker and rebounder until the day he retires, but what can he do to stake his claim as a top 10 center in the league?
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 05/28/2010 4:46 PM

    Stay healthy !!
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 05/29/2010 2:28 PM

    and kim hits the go-ahead bucket with .9 seconds left on the clock. Stay healthy is the key for all our centers.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/29/2010 9:44 PM

    Yes, but you can't really improve on health. What do you think he could use a little work on? Before writing this, free throw shooting was the first thing that came to my mind. It seemed like they are were going to be misses when he first arrived here, but started knocking them down at a more reasonable rate as the season wound down.
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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 05/30/2010 4:19 AM

    Camby has been a man of confidence since he played for new york with spreewell and allen houston. I think This summer he can get comfortable around his new team mates and exercise some leadership in their lives. On the practice court he can regain some confidence to lead (with roy and howard) the team in understanding the intricacies of the game. He can help Altridge and oden with their games. He can just start to feel like an elder who's been around the league for some time and instill confidence in the younger players, since he is a smart basketball minded person. On the court he can have the confidence to shoot a little more. He could get into the gym and shoot free throws for hrs and work on his mid range shot a little more and maybe practice his dunking-joking about the dunk, since we remember his missed dunk in the playoffs. hey it happens. I think camby is a great addition to the team and if he asserts himself on the court I believe it will payoff with more informed matured players. Confidence is key for him, if he gets comfortable and gains confidence here in portland we will see good things.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 06/01/2010 1:50 PM

    I'd like to see him cut down on his turnovers a bit. He is a talented passer, but he some times gets sloppy with the ball and had too many unforced errors. Hopefully this was just because he was new to the team and wasn't completely sure where everyone was going to be at.
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