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Tyson Chandler won't think about possible rebuilding until offseason

Tyson Chandler of the Knicks looks on against

Tyson Chandler of the Knicks looks on against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Like all of his teammates, Tyson Chandler still believes in the Knicks' season. But he also is both honest and realistic. So when he was asked about the possibility of a rebuilding period if the Knicks continue to falter, without being specific, Chandler said Monday night: "That's something I'll have to visit in the offseason. I think we're all going to have a lot of decisions to make."

The center is under contract for next season.

K-Mart hates not playing

As tough as it has been for Knicks fans to watch their team during the past month, no one has taken the losing harder than Kenyon Martin. His chronically injured ankle has forced him to just sit there while his head and heart tell him he could have made a difference. "It eats at me," Martin said before Monday night's game. "Just knowing I can help the situation, me being around as long as I have, just knowing what I bring to the table, it's very frustrating to watch. Seeing us go out and give up 40 points in a quarter, 120 for a game, it's very frustrating to watch."

The Knicks are 6-16 since Martin last played -- a seven-minute stint against the Pacers on Jan. 16 -- and have lost 13 of their last 15. Those won-lost figures might be more than just happenstance. Martin specializes in rugged defense and mental toughness, two sore spots for his team lately.

Glad to have Collins back

Martin went to two NBA Finals on the Nets' front line alongside Jason Collins and is pleased to see his former teammate back in the league, having become the first openly gay athlete in any major U.S. team sport. "It's a testament to where society is now, and sports, for someone to be himself. It's great, man, to see the support he's getting around the nation and in New York," Martin said. "He can help a team; the game of basketball doesn't change. I'm proud of him."

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