Carter offers way out for Camby

If Marcus Camby plans to patch things up with Toronto Raptors coach Butch Carter, he isn't letting on.

But Carter seems to like the idea that his $5 million defamation suit against the Knicks forward has been keeping some of the focus away from Toronto's young stars during the teams' first-round playoff series.

Camby twice glared in Carter's direction following baskets for New York, mouthing an expletive after the second, during the Knicks' 92-88 win over Toronto in the series opener on Sunday.

Carter filed suit on Friday in New York Supreme Court against Camby because the Knicks forward reportedly called the coach "a liar." But the coach said on Sunday that the suit would go away if Camby apologised.

Camby wouldn't extend an olive branch - on or off the court.

With Toronto's sideline at the same end of the floor as New York's basket in the second quarter, Camby let neither of his only two field goals pass without a deliberate look toward Carter.

After the game, Camby dismissed the posturing - "That's not me trying to egg stuff on," he said - but wouldn't say whether he would try to make amends with his former coach.

Toronto traded Camby to New York after the 1997-98 season, a move at the root of the current flap.

Camby finished with more personal fouls (five) than points (four) in 24 minutes.

Butch Carter, who's also been in the news lately for his book that accuses Bobby Knight of racism and for verbal sparring with Bucks coach George Karl, indicated some of the stir might have been by design.

"The main thing is I kept the media off (Vince Carter and McGrady)," Toronto's coach said. "I just couldn't keep Sprewell and Houston off them."

The suit stems from comments attributed to Camby by the New York Daily News on Wednesday. Camby said that, shortly before Toronto traded the forward, Carter promised that the Raptors would build their team around him.

"He is a liar," Camby was quoted as saying. "I don't like him. No one likes him and no one wants to play for him. That's the kind of guy he is."

Carter said he's been trying to put the legal, and personal, battle out of his mind.

"I don't want to come in here and be angry at Marcus Camby. I don't have time to be angry. I've got a basketball team to coach," Carter said. "It would be a start if we could just talk. There's nothing for me to do. I will not slap an extended hand."

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence