It's almost like they never left.
The first order of business is to determine what exactly constitutes a successful 2012-13 season for the New York Knicks. They have made the playoffs the past two seasons, a success in itself when compared to the previous six. They had been on the outside of the postseason window looking in since 2004.
Now comes the time to not only make the playoffs but to do something once they get there. The time has come to win a series or two and attempt to make a serious run with the goal of playing when June rolls around.
Carmelo Anthony will enter the season on the heels of another outstanding performance in the Olympics. He needs to ride that momentum right into opening night.
As they endeavor to successfully move into the future, the Knicks are looking for a few contributions from their past.
They will be 38 and 40 respectively when the season starts.
Let's consider a few of reasons why they were brought back to the Big Apple.
The Knicks know what they are getting in Thomas and Camby. Likewise, Thomas and Camby know what to expect from the Knicks due to their previous time there.
From a fond-memories standpoint, they were both members of the Knicks in 1999, the last New York squad to play in the NBA Finals.
They can no longer do what they used to do—no one is arguing that—but you can never have enough veteran savvy. Thomas averaged three points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game, while Camby tallied 4.9 points, nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.9 minutes a night.
Mike Woodson will now have the luxury of plugging either guy into the rotation to give Tyson Chandler a rest or to spell him if he's in foul trouble.
Thomas and Camby have always been rugged, tough, no nonsense players. In addition to their experience, they also provide twelve fouls that they won't hesitate to use to slow down LeBron James' and Dwayne Wade's forays to the rim.
They will also come in handy against new Philadelphia big-man Andrew Bynum, who can be tough to deal with when he decides he wants to play.
The Knicks will again maintain their recent success and make an appearance in the 2013 Eastern Conference playoffs; Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby will help them build on that success.