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-OLEAN, N.Y. -- Marcus Camby, the best player on the top-ranked University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, was admitted for observation into Olean General Hospital last night, where he remained alert and conscious and in stable condition after collapsing minutes before the tipoff of yesterday's Atlantic 10 conference game against St. Bonaventure.+OLEAN, N.Y. -- [[camby_marcus|Marcus Camby]], the best player on the top-ranked University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, was admitted for observation into Olean General Hospital last night, where he remained alert and conscious and in stable condition after collapsing minutes before the tipoff of [[game19960114_st_bonaventure|yesterday's Atlantic 10 conference game against St. Bonaventure]].
  
-The episode came just five days after the death of UMass swimmer Greg Menton, who died of cardiac dysrhythmia during a swim meet at Dartmouth Jan. 9.+The episode came just five days after the [[https://apnews.com/article/c777ad8c220ee68da5d62a05843dd14f|death of UMass swimmer Greg Menton]], who died of cardiac dysrhythmia during a swim meet at Dartmouth Jan. 9.
  
 "All this is a little mind-boggling," said UMass sports information director Bill Strickland. "It's been a rough week. To see Marcus go down like that, there are things running through your mind, and they're not very pleasant things." "All this is a little mind-boggling," said UMass sports information director Bill Strickland. "It's been a rough week. To see Marcus go down like that, there are things running through your mind, and they're not very pleasant things."
  
-UMass coach John Calipari, who missed yesterday's 65-52 victory after he rode in the ambulance and stayed at the hospital with his stricken star, said Camby underwent a battery of tests, which all proved negative, and will undergo more testing this morning before he is released. Camby will join his teammates, who visited him in the hospital yesterday afternoon before busing to Buffalo, where they spent the night, for today's 11 a.m. return flight.+UMass coach [[calipari_john|John Calipari]], who missed yesterday's 65-52 victory after he rode in the ambulance and stayed at the hospital with his stricken star, said Camby underwent a battery of tests, which all proved negative, and will undergo more testing this morning before he is released. Camby will join his teammates, who visited him in the hospital yesterday afternoon before busing to Buffalo, where they spent the night, for today's 11 a.m. return flight.
  
 "They've eliminated probably 100 things by doing the tests," said Calipari in a short meeting with the media in the hospital lobby last night. "They don't have exactly the reason for the collapse and they want to do more tests before they commit to anything. But he will stay overnight for observation. "They've eliminated probably 100 things by doing the tests," said Calipari in a short meeting with the media in the hospital lobby last night. "They don't have exactly the reason for the collapse and they want to do more tests before they commit to anything. But he will stay overnight for observation.
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 Calipari said Camby had been suffering from a chest cold and, according to Laham, was taking some Robitussin cough medicine. During pregame warmups at the Reilly Center, Camby became light-headed and walked off the court on his own. The junior center from Hartford attempted to make his way to the UMass locker room, where the coaches were huddled, when he collapsed in a hallway near the court. Calipari said Camby had been suffering from a chest cold and, according to Laham, was taking some Robitussin cough medicine. During pregame warmups at the Reilly Center, Camby became light-headed and walked off the court on his own. The junior center from Hartford attempted to make his way to the UMass locker room, where the coaches were huddled, when he collapsed in a hallway near the court.
  
-"We were all in the locker room and didn't see it," said a pensive Calipari as he sat with Laham in the waiting area of the hospital's emergency room shortly after Camby's arrival. "Donta Bright came running in and told us to hurry out into the hallway because Marcus had gone down."+"We were all in the locker room and didn't see it," said a pensive Calipari as he sat with Laham in the waiting area of the hospital's emergency room shortly after Camby's arrival. "[[bright_donta|Donta Bright]] came running in and told us to hurry out into the hallway because Marcus had gone down."
  
 "I was standing next to him in the hallway and he was kind of holding his head and the side of his face when he just suddenly fell," said Bright after yesterday's game. "As soon as it happened, I ran out and got word back to one of the coaches and one of the trainers. "I was standing next to him in the hallway and he was kind of holding his head and the side of his face when he just suddenly fell," said Bright after yesterday's game. "As soon as it happened, I ran out and got word back to one of the coaches and one of the trainers.
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 "I was scared." "I was scared."
  
-The incident brought to mind the episode two years ago when former UMass guard Mike Williams collapsed on the floor during a game at Cincinnati. After an extensive battery of tests revealed no cardiac problems, Williams was cleared to play two weeks later with doctors saying it was most probably "a common faint in association with a mild respiratory infection and dehydration."+The incident brought to mind the episode two years ago when former UMass guard [[williams_collapse_1994-01|Mike Williams collapsed]] on the floor during a [[game19940127_cincinnati|game at Cincinnati]]. After an extensive battery of tests revealed no cardiac problems, Williams was cleared to play two weeks later with doctors saying it was most probably "a common faint in association with a mild respiratory infection and dehydration."
  
 Yesterday, however, no one was willing to make a definitive statement about the reason for Camby's collapse. Yesterday, however, no one was willing to make a definitive statement about the reason for Camby's collapse.
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 Two years ago, Calipari and the Minutemen were playing at the University of Cincinnati. Things were proceeding normally when guard Mike Williams collapsed, almost directly in front of Calipari. Two years ago, Calipari and the Minutemen were playing at the University of Cincinnati. Things were proceeding normally when guard Mike Williams collapsed, almost directly in front of Calipari.
  
-Before you could say time out, Calipari was on the court, his hand on Williams' chest. "All I could think of," said Calipari at the time, "was what happened with Reggie Lewis. Once I felt his heart still beating, I felt a little better."+Before you could say time out, Calipari was on the court, his hand on Williams' chest. "All I could think of," said Calipari at the time, "was what happened with [[wp>Reggie Lewis]]. Once I felt his heart still beating, I felt a little better."
  
 As it turned out, Williams was suffering from nothing more than respiratory infection and dehydration. But the memory of the collapse and subsequent death of Celtic star Lewis remains etched in everyone's memory, which is the main reason Calipari took a trip to the hospital with Camby yesterday instead of coaching his team. As it turned out, Williams was suffering from nothing more than respiratory infection and dehydration. But the memory of the collapse and subsequent death of Celtic star Lewis remains etched in everyone's memory, which is the main reason Calipari took a trip to the hospital with Camby yesterday instead of coaching his team.
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 Coaching is difficult enough without any additional problems. But these are tense times at UMass. The campus is still in a state of shock over swimmer Greg Menton, who collapsed and died during a meet at Dartmouth last week. Coaching is difficult enough without any additional problems. But these are tense times at UMass. The campus is still in a state of shock over swimmer Greg Menton, who collapsed and died during a meet at Dartmouth last week.
  
-Injuries are part of the game, and every coach can adjust to that, as Calipari did when Camby hurt his knee during the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii last month. But those have logical explanations.+Injuries are part of the game, and every coach can adjust to that, as Calipari did when Camby hurt his knee during [[game19951229_usc|the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii last month]]. But those have logical explanations.
  
 When a player seemingly in the prime of health collapses suddenly, the jolt to everyone is enormous. Having it happen to a coach once is tough enough, having it happen twice should entitle Calipari to combat pay at the very least. When a player seemingly in the prime of health collapses suddenly, the jolt to everyone is enormous. Having it happen to a coach once is tough enough, having it happen twice should entitle Calipari to combat pay at the very least.
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 A helicopter from the UMass Medical Center met the plane at Worcester Airport and transported Camby on a stretcher to the medical center, a standard practice. Camby is under the care of cardiologist Joseph Gore for further evaluation and diagnostic studies.  A helicopter from the UMass Medical Center met the plane at Worcester Airport and transported Camby on a stretcher to the medical center, a standard practice. Camby is under the care of cardiologist Joseph Gore for further evaluation and diagnostic studies. 
  
-Team physician James Ralph, speaking at a press conference early yesterday evening at the Mullins Center on the Amherst campus, said that tests at the Olean hospital -- including a CAT scan of the brain, a magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, a spinal tap, an initial cardiac evaluation including an electrocardiogram and ECHO cardiogram, blood tests and a perfusion scan of the lung to eliminate the possibility of a blood clot -- ruled out some causes but still left uncertainty. +Team physician James Ralph, speaking at a press conference early yesterday evening at the [[Mullins Center]] on the Amherst campus, said that tests at the Olean hospital -- including a CAT scan of the brain, a magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, a spinal tap, an initial cardiac evaluation including an electrocardiogram and ECHO cardiogram, blood tests and a perfusion scan of the lung to eliminate the possibility of a blood clot -- ruled out some causes but still left uncertainty. 
  
 According to a source, Camby will be hooked up to a cardiac telemetry monitor for the next 24 hours as part of further testing, and doctors were also conducting procedures to determine whether he had had some kind of seizure.  According to a source, Camby will be hooked up to a cardiac telemetry monitor for the next 24 hours as part of further testing, and doctors were also conducting procedures to determine whether he had had some kind of seizure. 
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 Dr. Daniel Clapp, another UMass physician at the press conference, said of the 10-minute lapse, "It's a concern. A great concern."  Dr. Daniel Clapp, another UMass physician at the press conference, said of the 10-minute lapse, "It's a concern. A great concern." 
  
-Clapp also dispelled the notion that Camby, who according to his mother was suffering from a cold, might have collapsed because he had taken an over- the-counter cough medicine on an empty stomach. +Clapp also dispelled the notion that Camby, who according to his mother was suffering from a cold, might have collapsed because he had taken an over-the-counter cough medicine on an empty stomach. 
  
 "That might be good television talk, but it doesn't fly medically," Clapp said. "There has to be some other reason."  "That might be good television talk, but it doesn't fly medically," Clapp said. "There has to be some other reason." 
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 "No," Calipari said. "Not today."  "No," Calipari said. "Not today." 
  
-Although the Minutemen host the University of Rhode Island tomorrow night, Calipari said he was not about to rush Camby back into the lineup. +Although the Minutemen [[game19960117_rhode_island|host the University of Rhode Island tomorrow night]], Calipari said he was not about to rush Camby back into the lineup. 
  
 "I'm not even concerned about that," he said. "My concern is that he's in no imminent danger. He's going to live. I didn't know that until about 5 or 6 o'clock Sunday night. But there's no danger to him now, and when I found out, that made me feel like we had just won the Final Four."  "I'm not even concerned about that," he said. "My concern is that he's in no imminent danger. He's going to live. I didn't know that until about 5 or 6 o'clock Sunday night. But there's no danger to him now, and when I found out, that made me feel like we had just won the Final Four." 
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 "I'm just praying that he's all right," said Donta Bright, the first player to reach Camby after the collapse. "He left the court early, so I was kind of watching what he was doing. Then I saw him grab his head and fall. I went running to him and put my hand on his chest to see if he was still breathing. I then called the coaches for help."  "I'm just praying that he's all right," said Donta Bright, the first player to reach Camby after the collapse. "He left the court early, so I was kind of watching what he was doing. Then I saw him grab his head and fall. I went running to him and put my hand on his chest to see if he was still breathing. I then called the coaches for help." 
  
-When asked if Camby seemed out of sorts before Sunday's game, senior forward Dana Dingle said, "He complained about a headache, but he seemed pretty normal to me when I had seen him, so I couldn't really tell." +When asked if Camby seemed out of sorts before Sunday's game, senior forward [[dingle_dana|Dana Dingle]] said, "He complained about a headache, but he seemed pretty normal to me when I had seen him, so I couldn't really tell." 
  
 Paul DeLong, an EMT with the Allegheny Volunteer fire department who treated Camby on the scene, said he and co-worker Steve Griffith initially thought Camby had suffered a seizure.  Paul DeLong, an EMT with the Allegheny Volunteer fire department who treated Camby on the scene, said he and co-worker Steve Griffith initially thought Camby had suffered a seizure. 
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 What wasn't normal was the added feeling of somberness. In the afternoon, a memorial service for Greg Menton, the UMass swimmer who collapsed and died of an undetected heart ailment last week, was held in the Newman Center. More than 400 people filled the building.  What wasn't normal was the added feeling of somberness. In the afternoon, a memorial service for Greg Menton, the UMass swimmer who collapsed and died of an undetected heart ailment last week, was held in the Newman Center. More than 400 people filled the building. 
  
-Less than an hour later, the UMass basketball team's bus arrived back on campus. The No. 1-ranked Minutemen should have been jubilant, having preserved their unbeaten record with road wins in Philadelphia against St. Joseph's last Wednesday and in Olean, N.Y., against St. Bonaventure Sunday. +Less than an hour later, the UMass basketball team's bus arrived back on campus. The No. 1-ranked Minutemen should have been jubilant, having preserved their unbeaten record with road wins in Philadelphia [[game19960110_saint_josephs|against St. Joseph's last Wednesday]] and in Olean, N.Y., against St. Bonaventure Sunday. 
  
 But no one laughed. No one even seemed to talk as the players and staff members scattered in a matter of minutes. The reason was evident. No Marcus Camby. No John Calipari.  But no one laughed. No one even seemed to talk as the players and staff members scattered in a matter of minutes. The reason was evident. No Marcus Camby. No John Calipari. 
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 "Healthy 21-year-old athletes don't simply collapse for no reason," said Dr. Daniel Clapp, one of two UMass team physicians who attended a press conference yesterday at Mullins Center. "I saw where Marcus' mother said on television that Marcus had taken some cough medicine and that seemed to be the reason. That might be good television talk, but it doesn't fly medically. There has to be some other reason."  "Healthy 21-year-old athletes don't simply collapse for no reason," said Dr. Daniel Clapp, one of two UMass team physicians who attended a press conference yesterday at Mullins Center. "I saw where Marcus' mother said on television that Marcus had taken some cough medicine and that seemed to be the reason. That might be good television talk, but it doesn't fly medically. There has to be some other reason." 
  
-That uncertainty, with the spectre of Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis looming in many minds, created a chilling backdrop to the day. Gathers and Lewis were young, apparently healthy basketball players who suddenly died of heart ailments. +That uncertainty, with the spectre of [[wp>Hank Gathers]] and Reggie Lewis looming in many minds, created a chilling backdrop to the day. Gathers and Lewis were young, apparently healthy basketball players who suddenly died of heart ailments. 
  
 With all of that, plus the death of Menton, a seemingly healthy swimmer, there was good reason for the somberness, and it had nothing to do with the 6- foot piles of snow that have become part of the landscape out here this winter.  With all of that, plus the death of Menton, a seemingly healthy swimmer, there was good reason for the somberness, and it had nothing to do with the 6- foot piles of snow that have become part of the landscape out here this winter. 
  
-"You see something like what happened to Marcus and it scares you," said former UMass basketball coach Jack Leaman, who serves as a broadcaster on the team's radio network. "You wonder what's going on. Kids who are seemingly healthy and active in the prime of their lives just collapsing. +"You see something like what happened to Marcus and it scares you," said former UMass basketball coach [[leaman_jack|Jack Leaman]], who serves as a broadcaster on the team's radio network. "You wonder what's going on. Kids who are seemingly healthy and active in the prime of their lives just collapsing. 
  
 "You see what happened to Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis, and particularly with Lewis. People were saying that he was all right after he first collapsed, just like Marcus. It would make everyone feel better if there was some explanation, like he had high blood sugar or even had an uneven heartbeat. Something that could be treated.  "You see what happened to Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis, and particularly with Lewis. People were saying that he was all right after he first collapsed, just like Marcus. It would make everyone feel better if there was some explanation, like he had high blood sugar or even had an uneven heartbeat. Something that could be treated. 
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 Coach John Calipari said former players had called, expressing concern and support. Other coaches have called, too.  Coach John Calipari said former players had called, expressing concern and support. Other coaches have called, too. 
  
-"Rutgers coach Bob Wenzel called and told me that he passed out last year and the doctors still haven't found a reason why it happened," said Calipari, who in addition to keeping up to date on Camby must prepare for tonight's Atlantic 10 encounter with Rhode Island at Mullins Center. "We may never know. But I'm hopeful that if the doctors can't pinpoint what it is, they'll come up with three or four possibilities that it could be and that none of them will be life-threatening." +"[[opponent_rutgers|Rutgers]] coach Bob Wenzel called and told me that he passed out last year and the doctors still haven't found a reason why it happened," said Calipari, who in addition to keeping up to date on Camby must prepare for tonight's Atlantic 10 encounter with Rhode Island at Mullins Center. "We may never know. But I'm hopeful that if the doctors can't pinpoint what it is, they'll come up with three or four possibilities that it could be and that none of them will be life-threatening." 
  
 According to Calipari, Camby's main problems right now are getting enough sleep and eating well.  According to Calipari, Camby's main problems right now are getting enough sleep and eating well. 
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 "He's worn out from all the tests," said Calipari. "He called me up and said, 'Coach, get me out of here.' "  "He's worn out from all the tests," said Calipari. "He called me up and said, 'Coach, get me out of here.' " 
  
-Although Camby was unavailable to the media, there were enough distractions +Although Camby was unavailable to the media, there were enough distractions from other well-wishers at the hospital that he was moved to another room, reportedly complaining of too many visitors. A sign on his room said that all visitors must be officially cleared with the Medical Center. 
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-from other well-wishers at the hospital that he was moved to another room, reportedly complaining of too many visitors. A sign on his room said that all visitors must be officially cleared with the Medical Center. +
  
 Calipari said he still doesn't have a timetable for Camby's return.  Calipari said he still doesn't have a timetable for Camby's return. 
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 The UMass physicians were awaiting results of additional tests, which a spokesman indicated were neurological rather than cardiovascular. "By the end of the week, they'll have a lot more information than they have now," said the spokesman, Mark Shelton, director of the UMass Medical Center news bureau.  The UMass physicians were awaiting results of additional tests, which a spokesman indicated were neurological rather than cardiovascular. "By the end of the week, they'll have a lot more information than they have now," said the spokesman, Mark Shelton, director of the UMass Medical Center news bureau. 
  
-As of yesterday, the doctors were giving no hint of when Camby could return to the top-ranked Minutemen. That discussion, said Steinberg in his statement, would take place at week's end with more information in hand and would involve the player, his physicians and coach John Calipari. UMass beat Rhode Island last night in Amherst and plays at Duquesne Saturday and at Pitt next Tuesday. Calipari indicated last night that he isn't ruling Camby out of the Pitt game. It is not known if Camby will have to be on medication as a result of his collapse. +As of yesterday, the doctors were giving no hint of when Camby could return to the top-ranked Minutemen. That discussion, said Steinberg in his statement, would take place at week's end with more information in hand and would involve the player, his physicians and coach John Calipari. UMass beat Rhode Island last night in Amherst and plays at [[game19960120_duquesne|Duquesne Saturday]] and at [[game19960123_pittsburgh|Pitt next Tuesday]]. Calipari indicated last night that he isn't ruling Camby out of the Pitt game. It is not known if Camby will have to be on medication as a result of his collapse. 
  
 Athletic director Bob Marcum said the proceedings will be orderly. "We'll wait until the doctors have all the results and then we'll sit Marcus down and talk to him and see what he wants to do. See how he feels. We're obviously not going to play him if there is any question of risk."  Athletic director Bob Marcum said the proceedings will be orderly. "We'll wait until the doctors have all the results and then we'll sit Marcus down and talk to him and see what he wants to do. See how he feels. We're obviously not going to play him if there is any question of risk." 
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 So the basic Effect of this collapse we know. What we still do not know is the basic Cause, and that still concerns the medical community, to be sure. "What happened is of importance," said Steinberg. "But it is also important to assess whether such an episode might happen again, and whether Marcus is in any increased danger because of his role as a student athlete."  So the basic Effect of this collapse we know. What we still do not know is the basic Cause, and that still concerns the medical community, to be sure. "What happened is of importance," said Steinberg. "But it is also important to assess whether such an episode might happen again, and whether Marcus is in any increased danger because of his role as a student athlete." 
  
-Which brings us to the question that has, I am sure, never drifted very far+Which brings us to the question that has, I am sure, never drifted very far from young Mr. Camby's own mind: namely, how will this business affect his standing in the NBA draft, whichever year he chooses to enter it? 
  
-from young Mr. Camby's own mind: namely, how will this business affect his standing in the NBA draft, whichever year he chooses to enter it?  +If a cause is found, that would be one thing. But should no cause be found, there would be far more of a caveat emptor aura surrounding Camby in the draft. Would a team thinking about drafting him shy away if the cause of his collapse on 1/14/96 is never discovered? 
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-If a cause is found, that would be one thing. But should no cause be found, there would be far more of a caveat emptor aura surrounding Camby in the +
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-draft. Would a team thinking about drafting him shy away if the cause of his collapse on 1/14/96 is never discovered? +
  
 I spoke with two NBA general managers. Call them Mr. A and Mr. B. Each has long experience in the league. Each has had occasion to pick relatively high in the draft.  I spoke with two NBA general managers. Call them Mr. A and Mr. B. Each has long experience in the league. Each has had occasion to pick relatively high in the draft. 
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 What makes Mr. B a little different than most people -- at least I think so, anyway -- is that he's not a paid-up member of the Marcus Camby Fan Club to begin with.  What makes Mr. B a little different than most people -- at least I think so, anyway -- is that he's not a paid-up member of the Marcus Camby Fan Club to begin with. 
  
-"I'm sorry," he said, "but I really don't like Camby as an NBA player that much. He has no position. He's not a center. He's not a power forward. I see him something like Rasheed Wallace or Pervis Ellison. Pervis has gotten somewhat stronger over the years, but they still push him around, and right now they're pushing Wallace around, too.  +"I'm sorry," he said, "but I really don't like Camby as an NBA player that much. He has no position. He's not a center. He's not a power forward. I see him something like [[wp>Rasheed Wallace]] or [[wp>Pervis Ellison]]. Pervis has gotten somewhat stronger over the years, but they still push him around, and right now they're pushing Wallace around, too. 
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-"Frankly," continued Mr. B (who most likely will not be speaking at the UMass basketball banquet this year), "he really should stay in school and get+
  
-himself stronger. He won't, of course. He won't be able to resist the money." +"Frankly," continued Mr. B (who most likely will not be speaking at the UMass basketball banquet this year), "he really should stay in school and get himself stronger. He won't, of course. He won't be able to resist the money." 
  
-Mr. B has one more interesting point. Whoever takes Camby, be it in 1996 or even 1997 (as unlikely a prospect as that is), won't be in a Shawn Bradley situation, staring at a $40 million investment. Those days are over. +Mr. B has one more interesting point. Whoever takes Camby, be it in 1996 or even 1997 (as unlikely a prospect as that is), won't be in a [[wp>Shawn Bradley]] situation, staring at a $40 million investment. Those days are over. 
  
 "That's right," said Mr. B. "The good news is that with the rookie cap, no one has to commit $40 million or $50 million." Nope, just, oh, eight or nine. You know, chump change.  "That's right," said Mr. B. "The good news is that with the rookie cap, no one has to commit $40 million or $50 million." Nope, just, oh, eight or nine. You know, chump change. 
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 UMass Medical Center doctors said Camby can resume play and practice, yet they will do further monitoring, with a seizure still considered a possible cause for his blackout. Camby must wear an ambulatory electro-encephalographic monitor for 24-48 hours, beginning at noon yesterday. It is a Walkman-sized device wired to a skull cap that monitors brain waves.  UMass Medical Center doctors said Camby can resume play and practice, yet they will do further monitoring, with a seizure still considered a possible cause for his blackout. Camby must wear an ambulatory electro-encephalographic monitor for 24-48 hours, beginning at noon yesterday. It is a Walkman-sized device wired to a skull cap that monitors brain waves. 
  
-UMass coach John Calipari said he did not know when Camby would return to action. "When he'll play will be up to Marcus," said Calipari. Asked when Camby will resume practicing, he said, "On his own, he will probably start today with a shootaround. The doctors have said he should probably for a week avoid the bumping and grinding with otherplayers. After that time, it will be up to Marcus." +UMass coach John Calipari said he did not know when Camby would return to action. "When he'll play will be up to Marcus," said Calipari. Asked when Camby will resume practicing, he said, "On his own, he will probably start today with a shootaround. The doctors have said he should probably for a week avoid the bumping and grinding with other players. After that time, it will be up to Marcus." 
  
 Camby returned to the Amherst campus and visited the team but did not practice yesterday. He also did not accompany the team when it left for Pittsburgh last night for a five-day, two-game road trip. Camby is likely to miss the first game, tomorrow afternoon at Duquesne, but might be available for the second, Tuesday night at Pitt. Late yesterday afternoon, one source close to the team said Camby probably won't make the trip.  Camby returned to the Amherst campus and visited the team but did not practice yesterday. He also did not accompany the team when it left for Pittsburgh last night for a five-day, two-game road trip. Camby is likely to miss the first game, tomorrow afternoon at Duquesne, but might be available for the second, Tuesday night at Pitt. Late yesterday afternoon, one source close to the team said Camby probably won't make the trip. 
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 Last night at cozy Fitzgerald Field House, the main event was No. 1 UMass vs. Pitt. But the pregame drama was Camby. Would he play or wouldn't he?  Last night at cozy Fitzgerald Field House, the main event was No. 1 UMass vs. Pitt. But the pregame drama was Camby. Would he play or wouldn't he? 
  
-UMass coach John Calipari said he encouraged Camby to wait a few more days. Ideally, Calipari would wait at least until Saturday, when St. Bonaventure visits Amherst. +UMass coach John Calipari said he encouraged Camby to wait a few more days. Ideally, Calipari would wait at least until [[game19960127_st_bonaventure|Saturday, when St. Bonaventure visits Amherst]]
  
 Shortly before an early-afternoon interview with ESPN, Calipari was still leaning toward not playing Camby, but in midafternoon, he was swayed in another direction. After talking to trainer Ron Laham and the doctors back in Worcester, he changed his mind.  Shortly before an early-afternoon interview with ESPN, Calipari was still leaning toward not playing Camby, but in midafternoon, he was swayed in another direction. After talking to trainer Ron Laham and the doctors back in Worcester, he changed his mind. 
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 Camby says he has no fears about playing. He never believed his career was in jeopardy. "When I woke up after the collapse, I wanted to go out and rejoin my teammates right away. The doctors said they wanted to take more tests."  Camby says he has no fears about playing. He never believed his career was in jeopardy. "When I woke up after the collapse, I wanted to go out and rejoin my teammates right away. The doctors said they wanted to take more tests." 
  
-For the past two weeks, Camby has been bombarded with mail. "Counting e- mail and everything else, I guess there would be several hundred," he said. +For the past two weeks, Camby has been bombarded with mail. "Counting e-mail and everything else, I guess there would be several hundred," he said. 
  
 He realizes that today's game will not be a true indication of what he can do. He doesn't expect to start and will play in short stints of 5-7 minutes. "I got real winded in the scrimmages," he said. "I know I'm not there yet."  He realizes that today's game will not be a true indication of what he can do. He doesn't expect to start and will play in short stints of 5-7 minutes. "I got real winded in the scrimmages," he said. "I know I'm not there yet." 
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 It happened twice before, but never like this.  It happened twice before, but never like this. 
  
-Two years ago it was on the floor of Madison Square Garden against North Carolina, and last year it was at home versus St. Joseph's. Massachusetts center Marcus Camby lay on the floor of a basketball arena with an injury and was lost to his team for a short period of time. +[[game19931124_north_carolina|Two years ago it was on the floor of Madison Square Garden against North Carolina]], and [[game19950201_saint_josephs|last year it was at home versus St. Joseph's]]. Massachusetts center Marcus Camby lay on the floor of a basketball arena with an injury and was lost to his team for a short period of time. 
  
 Those incidents have since healed and are long forgotten. However those events are all overshadowed by the happenings on Sunday, Jan 14 in Olean, NY.  Those incidents have since healed and are long forgotten. However those events are all overshadowed by the happenings on Sunday, Jan 14 in Olean, NY. 
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 The way this team is playing, do they really need him? Since his well documented, but unaccounted for collapse, the Minutemen have played four games and come out on top in every one of them. Sure, twice they have gone to overtime, but those games were on Hawk Hill, where UMass always has a tough time defeating St Joe’s and at Pittsburgh of the Big East. The way this team is playing, do they really need him? Since his well documented, but unaccounted for collapse, the Minutemen have played four games and come out on top in every one of them. Sure, twice they have gone to overtime, but those games were on Hawk Hill, where UMass always has a tough time defeating St Joe’s and at Pittsburgh of the Big East.
  
-Earlier this year the Panthers completely dismantled fifth ranked Georgetown by 19 at the Fitzgerald Field house and had lost there only 11 times in the past six years. That record includes a 48-5 mark against non-conference opponents going into the UMass game. +Earlier this year the Panthers completely dismantled fifth ranked [[opponent_georgetown|Georgetown]] by 19 at the Fitzgerald Field house and had lost there only 11 times in the past six years. That record includes a 48-5 mark against non-conference opponents going into the UMass game. 
  
 I know the Minutemen won't go very far in the tournament without the best big man in the country, but this stretch of close games has brought out the best in the other contributors on the club. I know the Minutemen won't go very far in the tournament without the best big man in the country, but this stretch of close games has brought out the best in the other contributors on the club.
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 Donta Bright has turned into the scorer we all heard he was when he came out of the best high school program in the country. Over the four games Camby has missed, Bright has averaged 21 points per game. The most impressive stretch may have been the 10 points in a 19-5 run that turned a five point deficit into a 62-53 lead for UMass against Pitt.  Donta Bright has turned into the scorer we all heard he was when he came out of the best high school program in the country. Over the four games Camby has missed, Bright has averaged 21 points per game. The most impressive stretch may have been the 10 points in a 19-5 run that turned a five point deficit into a 62-53 lead for UMass against Pitt. 
  
-Carmelo Travieso is a streak shooter that has found a zone hitting 14 of his last 22 three point attempts, including at least five of those in the stretch. Dana Dingle also stepped up with a career high 24 points against Duquesne. +[[travieso_carmelo|Carmelo Travieso]] is a streak shooter that has found a zone hitting 14 of his last 22 three point attempts, including at least five of those in the stretch. Dana Dingle also stepped up with a career high 24 points against Duquesne. 
  
 We may have not learned enough about the health of the UMass superstar, but if the incident turns out not to be a threatening or recurring one, it still may have been a valuable learning experience.  We may have not learned enough about the health of the UMass superstar, but if the incident turns out not to be a threatening or recurring one, it still may have been a valuable learning experience. 
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