A torn plantar fascia in a foot could keep Houston Rockets center Marcus Camby off the floor for weeks and possibly months.
The injury has prevented the 39-year-old, who was signed by the Rockets as a free agent in the offseason to help back up Dwight Howard, from practicing during training camp.
"I'm trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery," Camby told the Houston Chronicle. "We're just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don't want to rehab it and nurse it and have it still be lingering.
"That is something I'm going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it."
Camby is underdoing therapy and treatment on the foot in hopes of avoiding surgery.
Injuries have plagued the well-traveled Camby the past few years. Last season, he was limited to 24 games with the New York Knicks.
In addition to Camby, the Rockets' big men include Howard, Omer Asik, Greg Smith and Donatas Motiejunas.