After the Trail Blazers' season-opening victory over Philadelphia on Monday, there will be plenty of talk about the production of LaMarcus Aldridge, the grit of Gerald Wallace, the flash of Jamal Crawford and the pace of Raymond Felton. None of it matters, though, unless ageless center Marcus Camby is there to hold it all together. So go ahead and applaud Aldridge's 25 points. Marvel at Wallace's street-fighter-like 21 points and nine rebounds. Get excited about Crawford's play in that decisive fourth-quarter run, when he was a whirlwind of slicing drives, swishing shots and swirling passes. Just don't forget what Captain Camby did during the Blazers' 107-103 opening-night win. Camby, whom the Blazers players voted co-captain with Aldridge, finished with six points, 13 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and stood his ground to take a crucial charge from Philadelphia guard Jrue Holliday with 1:29 left and the Blazers leading by six. None of them figures to make the evening highlights, but the Blazers don't win without them. "Winning plays," Camby said. "That's what I'm about." The people who don't make headlines, or cut highlights, understand what Camby did Monday. "A big, big, key to tonight's game," Coach Nate McMillan said of his 37-year-old center.
Marcus Camby's veteran play helps hold Trail Blazers together
Oregonian | Dec 27