To Camby, knee is better, but pain is in the diagnosis

Van Gundy defends longtime Knicks doctor

March 06, 2000|By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NEW YORK -- If you listen to some of the New York Knicks, their most feared opponent at times is team doctor Norman Scott.

A few players have questioned Scott's diagnoses during the past year, most recently Marcus Camby, who said Friday his injured right knee has "been misdiagnosed from the beginning."

However, on Saturday coach Jeff Van Gundy defended the team physician.

"To me, you don't get paid enough as a team doctor to take as much [garbage] as this guy has taken this year," Van Gundy said. "Players questioning him, media questioning him. This guy is world-renowned. And we are [acting] like armchair doctors."

Camby declined to talk about Scott on Saturday, other than to say say the two would meet yesterday about his strained right anterior cruciate ligament, which kept him out of yesterday's game against the Utah Jazz. Scott was unavailable for comment Saturday.

After practicing for the first time last Wednesday, Camby's knee swelled the next day.

Camby, who had hoped to play yesterday, suffered the injury against Miami on Feb. 6. It was first believed that Camby had suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Three days later, though, Scott performed exploratory surgery and discovered that the injury was far less severe, keeping Camby out for four to six weeks. Yesterday marked four weeks since Camby was hurt. Camby has missed 12 games during that stretch.

A source close to the team said Camby was told after the surgery that he could return in four weeks. It wasn't until recently that the Knicks have said four to six weeks.

"Misdiagnosis to me is pretty simple," said Van Gundy, who seemed to choose his words carefully so as not to criticize Camby. "Whether it is meant or not, when I spoke to Dr. Scott today, it implies that [Camby] is not being treated properly. And I know that Dr. Scott has the players' best interest in mind at all times."

Scott is in his 22nd season with the Knicks and is the chairman of the department of orthopedics at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.

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