The Knicks' new senior-citizen bench brigade has absorbed its first blow of the season and the victim will come as no surprise.

Marcus Camby, who was signed to a three-year deal over the summer despite a long history of injuries, including when he played at the Garden earlier in his NBA career, has been KO'd from the first two preseason games by a strained left calf. The injury occurred in only the fourth practice of training camp and was revealed in an MRI.

The 38-year old backup center-forward is expected to miss a week to 10 days, which would include the Knicks' second exhibition game, on Saturday against Boston in his native Hartford. They open their six-game preseason schedule in Washington on Thursday against the Wizards. The team announced the injury and the timetable for Camby's return before practice in Greenburgh on Saturday.

Afterward, Camby was not made available to the media. Nor was Amar'e Stoudemire, who was held out of practice due to what the team says is a minor ankle injury.