Kenyon Martin's sore knee not a concern; rest just a precaution
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kenyon Martin said his sore left knee is nothing to be concerned about and hopes to return Tuesday night. He missed his second straight game for "precautionary" reasons and attributed the soreness to being inactive until the Knicks signed him in late February. He then was forced to play heavy minutes because of injuries to the frontcourt.
Martin said the Knicks' medical staff told him the soreness is "normal" and that they just want it to calm down. Martin said he could have played if it had been a postseason game.
"Yeah, definitely. I just don't want to risk nothing," Martin said. "Doc said she was expecting that, at some point. It's better now than two weeks from now."
Martin, who has had microfracture surgery on both knees, said he's not considering resting for the rest of the regular season.
"Oh, hell no," he said. "Hell no. Not at all."
At this point, Martin seems to be the only injured Knick who will return before the end of the regular season or perhaps even be available for their first playoff game.
Marcus Camby is out with left plantar fasciitis and his return is unclear. Rasheed Wallace (left foot surgery) worked out on the court Sunday but isn't running yet. Kurt Thomas (right foot stress fracture) has been riding the bike and working on the elliptical machine. Thomas and Amar'e Stoudemire (right knee surgery) haven't run yet, either.
"I'm hoping that I can get some of those big bodies back," Mike Woodson said. "Nothing is set in stone, nothing is definite. These guys are working to get back."
Hail to King
The official announcement that Bernard King, 56, will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame will come Monday, and Woodson said the honor is long overdue. "He should have been in," he said. "He should have been in the Hall a long time ago based on what he's done. But I'm happy that he's gotten in because he deserves to be there, without a doubt."
On March 23, 1985, King suffered a torn ACL after scoring 37 points in a 113-105 loss to Woodson's Kansas City Kings. King, who hurt himself after hustling downcourt in an attempt to stop a breakaway layup by Reggie Theus, was averaging 32.9 points per game that season, and Woodson remembered him as being unstoppable.
"Before he tore it up, he was just unbelievable," he said. "Relentless. Nobody could stop him from scoring the basketball. He had the will and the knack to put the ball in the hole. He was a tough competitor, just hard-nosed, tough, mean, nasty."
Tyson Chandler chipped a top front tooth after being hit by Carmelo Anthony as they went for a rebound . . . The 12-game winning streak is the Knicks' third longest. They won 18 in a row in 1969-70 and 15 straight in 1993-94 . . . Woodson is 68-32 as Knicks coach, the franchise's best record after 100 games.