Houston Rockets: Marcus Camby Continues to Play Big Despite Nagging Injuries

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IDecember 11, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: (C) Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks battles for a loose ball foul with Marcus Camby #23 of the Portland Trail Blazers and Raymond Felton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers  at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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It is a proven fact that injuries do have a say on how long an athlete can sustain a career playing professional sports.

For example former No. 1 draft pick center Greg Oden (who was recently released by the Portland Trail Blazers) has been dealing with serious knee issues that have really impacted his NBA career.

In the NBA, injuries are a part of the game, and some players are able to play through an injury (especially if it is not serious) possibly due to the fact that they are needed for their team to have the best chance to win.

One player that has been able to survive through all sorts of injuries is center/power forward Marcus Camby of the Houston Rockets.

Camby, who has been in the league since the 1996-1997 NBA season, has been a force on the boards and as a shot blocker during his NBA tenure. He has spent time with the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers and was recently traded to the Houston Rockets.

Camby in his NBA career (not including the postseason) has compiled more than 9,300 rebounds to go along with a little more than 2,300 blocks.

Whether it was dealing with a lower-back strain, knee tendinitis, a sprained ankle or now with torn ligaments in his left wrist, Camby has somehow managed to keep his career going while bringing leadership to a young Houston squad.

Well, injuries are a big part of sports, and in a league like the NBA, injuries are going to happen. However, a player’s ability to overcome injury and come back stronger or to play through the pain is something that is not in a fan’s control.