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The bench is expected to add yet another player by Friday's game, which will make the frontcourt even deeper. More:
Marcus Camby participated in his first practice scrimmage on Wednesday and all signs are pointing to him being available to play Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.
“Of course I want to play," Camby said after practice. "I wanted to play in the Miami game but I don’t make those decisions.
"The guys that have been out there have been playing exceptionally well. It’s been fun to play. Guys are laughing, having a good time out there, making the game easy for one another and that’s how the game should be played.”
Mike Woodson has held Camby out for the past week mainly because the schedule hasn't allowed time to scrimmage until now. Camby had missed all but four days of training camp with a calf strain. His importance to the team for rebounding and defense off the bench is too critical to rush him back. The team wants him at full health and at peak condition.
Woodson wouldn't yet commit to Camby getting minutes on Friday.
“We’ll take it a day at a time and see where he is [Thursday]," Woodson said, "and see where we are.”