Melo endorses Kenyon Martin signing

February, 22, 2013
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The New York Knicks face the Toronto Raptors at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Air Canada Centre. They met with the media before shootaround to address the Kenyon Martin signing and how they’re trying to turn things around in Toronto.

ON KENYON MARTIN: Meeting with the media just after 10:45 a.m., Woodson said Martin was going through his physical as he spoke. "I have a chance to chat a little bit this morning with him but nothing in detail," Woodson said. "I’ll sit down with him tomorrow when I get back and chat with him and just see where he is."

Woodson said he’d been watching tape from Martin’s last season with the Clippers did not commit to when Martin would be in the lineup.

"I don’t know until I can get him out on the floor," he said. "He’s been on the sideline a little but and I watched some film of him yesterday of his days in Clipper-land and if he’s got anything left in his tank I think he can still help us."

If the tank isn’t empty, Carmelo Anthony knows how Martin can help. The two teamed up for six and a half seasons with the Denver Nuggets.

"I really think he can be a big attribute to this team," Anthony said. "I’ve been able to play with him in Denver for multiple years and know from a basketball standpoint what he brings to the game when he’s locked in, when he’s focused. I haven’t talked to him yet, I haven’t seen him. People that I know that know him, mutual friends, tell me he’s in shape, he’s ready, he’s focused. As long as that’s the plan coming in here, then we [are] all for it."

No starting lineup decision: While Woodson spoke Thursday about the possibility shaking up the starting lineup, he didn’t tip his hand on Friday morning.

"When we played this team before they went small with Landry [Fields] in the lineup and we just ended up switching 1-through-4," Woodson said. "That didn’t hurt us, defensively we were pretty good against them I thought so maybe we might stay the same way. I don’t know, I haven’t made that decision yet."

'DANGEROUS' TEAM: Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that a good team on a losing streak coming off a brutal loss like the Knicks did in Indiana is "the most dangerous team" and called the Knicks "lethal" twice in 12 seconds.

"I don’t go by the fact that they’re not playing well or not clicking right now," said Casey. "I’m not going to fall in that trap."

Woodson said that Thursday’s practice was upbeat and he expects a different effort in Toronto.

"They’re embarrassed and they should be," said Woodson. "There’s nothing pretty about how we played, Indiana did everything they were supposed to do on their floor and it was pretty much an embarrassment."

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