Marcus Camby is insulted by the Nuggets deal… and he should be

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A couple of days ago, the Clippers pulled off an amazing heist by acquiring Nuggets’ Center Marcus Camby. All they gave up for the big man was a swap of second round picks in 2010. Wait, what??

Marcus Camby has been one of the best defensive big men in the league for a long time. In fact, in 2006-07 he was the defensive player of the year. The Nuggets, even with Camby, were have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league. They should be trying to get good defensive players instead of getting rid of them.

Marcus knows this and he also knows how much work he put in during his time in Denver but apparently the Nuggets didn’t appreciate it according to him.

Here are some quotes of his from Rocky Mountain News:

“Blindsided, distraught, disrespected. All those adjectives. I definitely feel insulted,” he said in a telephone interview with the Rocky Mountain News.

“When I first heard about the trade, I felt like I was the scapegoat after all our past first-round exits and failures and lack of defense. I felt it was them telling me that I was no longer wanted and I was the cause of everything that went wrong the last couple years on this team.

“I’m still in disbelief. I’m still in shock. I still can’t believe this happened.” […]

“Obviously, the Nuggets don’t owe me any explanation,” Camby said. “I understand that this is definitely a business, but I felt that the six years of service that I put in on the court and off the court, they at least could have given me a heads-up on what was going on. I feel very disrespected on that aspect.”

“I’m definitely frustrated because I felt that I gave it my all,” he said. “There were years when I was the only (healthy) big guy on the team when all the big guys around me were hurt. I would still play hurt and do my all for this team. I didn’t realize my salary was that much compared to everyone else’s. They basically dumped mine and got nothing in return.”

“The team and the organization always talked about the need to play good defense, but they traded away a pretty good defender,” Camby said. “From that aspect, I really don’t understand the move. They obviously feel confident with the team they have assembled right now to get some things done.”

Camby will be a nice replacement for the recently depart Elton Brand in Los Angeles so I guess if nothing else, Camby should be happy that he is not in a situation where he is under appreciated anymore.

The Clippers are moving in the right direction but with the Nuggets looking at guys like Chris Andersen and Francisco Elson to possibly replace Camby, they are going in the wrong one.

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