Kassandra

Feb 16

Marcus' Anniversary

By Kassandra Posted in: Clippers, LaMarcusAldridge, MarcusCamby
  

      
It was one year ago today when the Blazers were introduced to their newest player; "LaMarcus-Marcus, Marcus-LaMarcus."

All right, perhaps the introductions were not that corny, but after playing much of their season without a true center, Portland pulled the trigger on the trade to bring veteran defender and shot blocker Marcus Camby from the Clippers.

Marcus immediately shored up the center position for the blazers and contributed to the team's 19-8 post all-star break record to propel it to the number six seed of the playoffs. He's also partially to thank for helping LaMarcus take the next step in his career.

Marcus moved his family to Portland and signed a two-year contract extension. All indications seem to be that he would like to make the city his home post-retirement. Those who "follow" him on twitter can see evidence of his support for his teammates through his tweets.

What has he done on the court? Over the course of a year in a Blazer uniform, he's averaged 11.2 rebounds, nearly two blocks and has created numerous difficulties for opposing teams. The following is a per-game statline from the 62 games -- all starts -- Marcus has played for the Blazers.

Points: 6.4
Offensive rebounds: 3.4
Defensive rebounds: 7.8
Total rebounds: 11.2
Assists: 2.0
Blocked shots: 1.9
Steals: 1.0

Marcus is a blue-collar worker for the Blazers. He does a lot of dirty work which often doesn't show up in the boxscore.

The good news is -- barring a trade (which seems very unlikely) -- he'll be here for another year.

~ Kassandra
      

6 Comments

  1. Who could ever forget the "MAR-CUS CAM-BY!" chant last year when he played his best game as a Blazer, lifting the team to a victory.

    by blazerdarren77 on 2/16/2011 4:44 PM
  2. Great blog on a truly underrated center. He works his butt off every single night and like you said, it may not show up in the boxscore but he contributes so much to this team. Love the point you made about his Twitter account. He seems to love Portland and love the group of guys he's playing with. Got to love that.

    by CrazyRusty on 2/16/2011 5:11 PM
  3. Nice one Kassandra. I shudder every time I hear media pundits talking about trading Marcus away. I really liked when he indicated he might just retire if the Blazers did him like that. His game is priceless and he has had soooo much to do with LA's improvement, it's hard to even gauge. He's not young anymore, but he still manages to play at a high level, and though he can't be part of a long-term plan, any gains to be made by trading him away just don't seem worth it. He's very underrated, but I think fans here value him highly. I seriously cannot wait for the deadline to pass, so I can breath a huge sigh of relief (I hope!)

    Go Blazers! Kill the Bugs!

    by SisillaRiann on 2/16/2011 5:30 PM
  4. thanks guys! EowynAmarie, i thought the retiring comment was great. people complain about his age, but a guy who averages 11 rebounds a game cannot truly be considered nba-old! i, too, hope to be able to breathe easier after the all-star break.

    by Kassandra on 2/16/2011 10:32 PM
  5. Good stuff Kassandra. I remember when he was an opponent back in the day, he use to give me fits. He would get his hands on everything. He knows exactly where the ball is coming off the rim. If he can't get the rebound he taps it towards center court. If you have noticed the rest of the Blazer bigs are doing the same thing now. I even saw Rudy do it the other night. I'm really glad he is coming back next week, because we have struggled on rebounds during long stretches during games lately.

    by Albert Hoy on 2/17/2011 12:03 AM
  6. Hey Kasey! I remember when the Clippers got Camby and everyone was excited then. I'm glad he's doing so well with the Blazers.

    by julianne on 2/20/2011 5:39 PM
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