Adam ZagoriaThe Knicks are hoping Kenyon Martin doesn’t turn into this year’s Rasheed Wallace on the injury front, but Martin is battling an ankle problem that could prevent him from playing in back-to-back games.
“My thing is are we going to have him where he plays a game and not a game, on and off like that, if that’s the case then we got to build him up to that,” coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday.” I’m not saying that’s the way it’s going to be right now.”
Woodson said Martin injured the ankle at the end of last season but did not have offseason surgery. He has yet to play in the team’s first three preseason games and isn’t expected to play Thursday against the Wizards in Baltimore.
“He didn’t have anything done over the summer,” Woodson said. “He hurt it towards the latter part of the season and going into the playoffs and he still played on it. It kind of nagged him throughout the summer so we’re just being cautious now. He had a good workout [Monday]. We pulled him today just to get treatment, which is the right thing to do. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Between Martin, 35, and Amar’e Stoudemire (knee), Woodson says he will have to manage minutes carefully and possibly keep both out of back-to-backs.
“Yeah, I think Kenyon and Amar’e for sure,” he said about keeping an eye on them. “Those two guys we’re going to have tailor something to fit their game to help us win and then try to build on that if we can as the season goes along. What that’s going to be yet I don’t know until those guys get back on the floor ready to play.”
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