Camby's agent, Rick Kaplan, said the center may return in a coaching or scouting capacity while he is recuperating from the left foot plantar fascia surgery, which will sideline him for up to three months.
The injury has been bothering him since last season with the New York Knicks, and Camby regrets not taking care of the injury sooner. Kaplan said Camby, 39, hopes to continue his NBA career after the surgery. Camby is the second oldest player in the NBA, behind Lakers point guard Steve Nash.
"He definitely has a thirst to play," Kaplan said.
"I understand the situation," Camby told KRIV-TV in Houston. "They need healthy guys. Once I get healthy, you can expect to see me again."
Camby, a former Defensive Player of the Year in 2006-07, has been in the NBA for 18 years and was signed to the Houston Rockets in the offseason to provide depth and insurance for a team that has Dwight Howard and Omer Asik. The team may check in with Camby later in the season before they have to finalize playoff eligibility on March 1st.
Camby has a guaranteed contract worth $1.4 million and does not plan on retiring any time soon.
"You'll still see me around the organization," Camby said. "I have a great deal of respect for the organization and Coach [Kevin] McHale.
"It's tough. I'm going to try hard to get back out there on the basketball court as quickly as possible. They have been great down here in Houston, and you haven't seen the last of me being down here."
Camby averaged 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season for the Knicks. During his career, he averaged 9.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
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