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Camby: Return to Knicks will be slow

Marcus Camby will not rush his return to the Knicks after being told by the team doctor Saturday he no longer needs a protective boot on his sore left foot.

Camby has not played this season except for six minutes of one preseason game. He is eligible to come off the injured list at any time, but he did not sound as if he would be activated soon.

"This time I want to take it slow, not like last time when I jumped in there and went through the whole practice and stuff," Camby said. "So it's going to be a slow process. I'm not going to put a timetable on it."

He has not practiced in almost a month. Camby has been hampered by injuries throughout his career, never playing more than 63 games in his five seasons.

BULLS: Power forward Charles Oakley said he may appeal the $50,000 penalty levied by the club in response to Oakley's criticisms of coach Tim Floyd after Thursday's 53-point loss to Minnesota. Oakley said the fine was an attempt by the team to control him; he even likened the situation to slavery. Chicago activated forward Eddie Robinson and placed guard A.J. Guyton on the injured list with left ankle tendinitis.

HEAT: Miami activated forward/center Chris Gatling and placed swingman Kendall Gill on the injured list. Miami acquired Gatling on Oct. 26 in a three-team trade involving Cleveland and Toronto. He missed the first five games after being placed on the injured list for conditioning reasons. Gatling is with Miami for the third time in his 10-year career. He played 24 games with the Heat in 1995-96 and was re-acquired in June 2000. He was traded to Cleveland before last season. Gill had surgery for a broken left pinky Friday and will miss four to six weeks.

LAKERS: Los Angeles waived guard Mike Penberthy and activated rookie Joe Crispin. Penberthy joined the team last season, making the roster as an undrafted free agent. His contract was not guaranteed. Crispin, who went to Penn State, will be available for today's game against Orlando. Forward Mark Madsen, out with an abdominal strain, is expected to begin practicing by midweek.

PISTONS: Detroit activated guard Damon Jones and placed forward/center Victor Alexander, who has left knee patella tendinitis, on the injured list.

SUNS: Dan Majerle, waiting to begin his second stint with Phoenix, is scheduled to have the pins removed from his broken right finger Monday.

WARRIORS: Guard Gilbert Arenas, who has a strained lower back, was placed on the injured list.

76ERS: Allen Iverson, the reigning MVP, was in the lineup for the first time this season at Dallas. Iverson missed the first five games, all losses, after having surgery on his right elbow Sept. 25.

BULLS: Power forward Charles Oakley said he may appeal the $50,000 penalty levied by the club in response to Oakley's criticisms of coach Tim Floyd after Thursday's 53-point loss to Minnesota. Oakley said the fine was an attempt by the team to control him; he even likened the situation to slavery. "They say it's a family. But it's deeper than that," Oakley said. "There's a lot of things they do to try and control certain guys. Treat us like men and we'll treat you like you're the owner/boss. Don't embarrass me with the fine. It's not slavery. I can speak. Don't treat me like that. That's a slap in my face." Chicago activated forward Eddie Robinson and placed guard A.J. Guyton on the injured list with left ankle tendinitis.

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