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Marcus Camby almost signed with the Heat

NEW YORK — Knicks forward Marcus Camby talked on Thursday about how close he was to becoming a member of the Heat this offseason. The Heat plays the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

“I was going on the plane to Miami when Allan [Houston], Glen [Grunwald] and [Mike Woodson] came down to Houston," Camby said. "That’s how close I was. I had a good talk with coach Riley on the phone. We talked for an extended period of time about them wanting me to come down there. In hindsight, I felt I was always a Knick at heart."

Ironically, the Heat ended up with Josh Harrellson.

HURRICANE OF MOTIVATION

Knicks shooter Steve Novak thinks Knicks and the Knicks fans will rally together in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which has devastated coastal regions in New York and New Jersey and left lower Manhattan without power. Other areas are without power as well.

"I think because the way this year is starting, it will be more emotional because of the hurricane," Novak said. "I feel like people from New York need a release. The Garden is going to be a getaway from that. It’s hard to know what to expect — a full house that we almost expect. But now with the hurricane, it’s changed everything up."

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