Marcus Camby’s mind was focused elsewhere Monday night. After essentially a month on the shelf, Camby made his Clippers debut in a 89-73 loss to the Jazz Monday.
But just as he tried to move on with his new club, his old team, the Denver Nuggets, made a blockbuster move, trading guard Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb.
“I’m kind of surprised it happened but after what happened to me nothing surprises me no more,” Camby said. “But honestly we’re 0-4 right now. All my focus is on this organization. We’ve got a great coach and a great team over here. Whatever happens over there happens. I got enough on my plate right now.”
A couple minutes later though, Camby opened up some more about the situation.
“I heard about it last night. My phone and e-mail was ringing off the hook,” he said. “Today I had a chance to talk to Allen. He was already pretty upset when they traded me. His whole reason to come to Denver was to play with me and Melo and now he’s not in that situation.
“But I think it’s a win-win for both teams. Detroit’s a good team. And I think Denver got a good player in Chauncey Billups, someone whose played there.”
Iverson, Camby said, was surprised by the trade.
“He was surprised. Just surprised. Similar to me, he thought he was going to be in Denver for a long time and finish out his career but we both know this is the nature of the business,” Camby said.
Camby also spoke with Denver’s Carmelo Anthony.
“He was just not knowing what was really going on. He’s the franchise player and I’m pretty sure it caught him off guard,” Camby said. “At least he should know what is going on in the organization because the franchise is built around him.”