Kenyon Martin says he's fine, ready for season-opener
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TORONTO -- Kenyon Martin didn't like hearing that Mike Woodson called him "questionable" for next week's regular-season opener. The veteran power forward expects to play.
Martin has been held out of practice and all five preseason games because of an ankle injury he suffered late last season that Woodson said he's "still rehabbing." Martin said he understands the Knicks are being cautious, but he will voice his opinion about being in the lineup when the Knicks face the Bucks on Oct. 30 at the Garden.
"I'm not going to press the issue about playing in preseason," Martin said before the Knicks fell to the Raptors, 123-120 in double overtime at Air Canada Centre Monday night. "But I'm going to press the issue about playing in the regular season.
"I'm ready to rock. It's all on Woody when he wants to throw me out there. So whether it's one of the last preseason games or not, but definitely on the 30th I'm going to push that much harder to play. I'm not questionable. I'm fine."
Woodson said Martin, 35, just needs "to be patient" because the Knicks want him healthy later in the season. For that reason, Woodson also said Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire, who is rehabbing from a third knee surgery in 10 months, will miss games throughout the year.
"I think he and Amar'e both have got to be managed to the point where they can't play back-to-back games and three, four games in five or six nights," Woodson said.
Martin sprained his ankle in early April. He said he rested and rehabbed it in the offseason and "it just wasn't where it needed to be when training camp started." As a result the Knicks put together a plan on how they will handle him this season.
Martin, who re-signed for one year at the veteran's minimum in late July, agreed to the plan and acknowledged he might sit out games in hopes that he'll be stronger later in the season.
The Knicks have two more preseason games: Wednesday versus the Bucks and Friday against the Bobcats. It's unclear if Martin will play in either.
Woodson said Martin "might practice a little" Tuesday. Martin often sits with his left ankle elevated and wrapped in ice when the Knicks scrimmage. Woodson wants Martin to scrimmage some before he plays. "Coach is holding him back," Woodson said. "I'm going to continue to watch him closely until I think he's ready."
Notes & quotes: Woodson hopes Stoudemire and J.R. Smith will be cleared to scrimmage Tuesday . . . Raymond Felton (strained left hamstring), Iman Shumpert (sprained right elbow) and Pablo Prigioni (stomach bug) didn't play. Andrea Bargnani's stiff back loosened up and he played. He was 4-for-12 with 13 points. Beno Udrih led the Knicks with 19. Metta World Peace scored 16 and Tyson Chandler 15.