Regaining geriatrics Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace, the New York Knicks will make the conference finals for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign

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It’s been a while since Knicks fans could really hope.

With both veteran big men shelved due to bummed hoofs suffered long before Barack Obama’s second term in the Oval Office, Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace finally completed an entire practice as New York Knicks on Tuesday.

Hence, for the first time all season, the Knicks (32-18), with superstar Carmelo Anthony, standouts Amar’e Stoudemire, Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler, and effective ballplayers Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak, Raymond Felton, Camby and Wallace, are a healthy unit.

Although already a collection of Golden Girls in high tops prior to regaining a duo of 38-year-olds, Camby and the 6-foot-11, 230 pound Wallace will provide the Knicks more invaluable muscle in the paint.

The 6-foot-11, 235 pound Camby, who the Toronto Raptors took out of UMass with the second pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, is a two-time All-Defensive First Teamer whose led the association in blocks on four occasions.

Similarly, Wallace, chosen by the Washington Bullets fourth overall in 1995 out of the University of North Carolina, is a four-time All-Star still somewhat capable of scoring clutch baskets.

With Mike Woodson, a no-nonsense defensive mind who has compiled a glittering mark of 50-24 since replacing the terminated Mike D’Antoni in February 2012, overseeing the squad, the Knicks sit atop the Atlantic Division and its evident the elders will continue contending in the Eastern Conference throughout the rest of winter and into the spring months.

Out of respect to Miami, it is difficult to envision the Knicks preventing the Heat from going back-to-back in June.

Regardless, the Knicks have an opportunity to make the conference finals for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign and compete for their first franchise title since 1973.

For wrongly starved Gotham basketball fans, merely being able to hope for an elusive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy should be enough to make New York Knicks supporters proud.

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