If you’ve been watching the Knicks of late, you maybe have been asking yourself, “Is it just me, or this team a little bit short?” It has not been just you, but it appears they may be in line for a well-timed growth spurt.
According to Steve Popper of The Record, Mike Woodson confirmed his confidence that both Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler will be ready for the postseason, and even hinted that Rasheed Wallace could be on the court as early as Monday night against the Bobcats.
Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin were out of the lineup Sunday and won’t travel with the team today to Charlotte for the final road game of the season. But coach Mike Woodson said the pair definitely will be ready for the start of the postseason.
More surprising, Rasheed Wallace is likely to be there, too. And he could be on the court tonight.
“He ran [Saturday], the last few days, so he’s getting there,” Woodson said of Wallace. “He still has a ways to go. But the fact that he’s out there running [is a positive sign]. After [Sunday’s] workout, if he checks out OK [today], we’ll see. And if he doesn’t, then we’ve got another day to prepare for the Atlanta game [Wednesday], and if not, for sure the playoffs.”
While the Knicks have been playing so beautifully of late, this is the one thing that has kept me gnawing on my bed post. It’s comforting, for sure, to hear that both Chandler and Martin are on track to being fully healthy for the playoffs, because Lord knows they’ll need them. But the stunted progress with Chandler has been a little disconcerting, as really any injury to either one of these guys would be such a devastating blow to the team’s playoff chances.
As for Rasheed, well it will certainly be nice to see the big fella, but it will be interesting to see what he’s still able to contribute after missing so much time.