Knicks will be cautious with K-Mart

October, 5, 2013
10/05/13
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- There was a 12-game stretch last March when Kenyon Martin averaged 28 minutes a night.

If Mike Woodson has his way this season, you won't see Martin on the floor that frequently.

The New York Knicks coach said Saturday that he plans to be "cautious" with the 35-year-old Martin.

"I’m not going to burn him like I did last year," Woodson said. "When Kenyon came in all our bigs were down. He was happy to be back in the league. I played him. I probably played him too much. He ended up breaking down somewhat toward the latter part, with his ankle. This year I’ve got to be cautious."

This year could be more manageable for Martin because the Knicks have other forwards who, if they remain healthy, can play significant minutes.

Last season, Martin suffered an ankle/knee injury in early April that sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season.

Martin has been limited in practices during training camp and was held out of the Knicks' past two scrimmages. He said on Saturday, though, that he is 100 percent healthy. He added that if the Knicks were to play a game Sunday, he could take the floor.

K-Mart could care less about Nets talk: Some Knicks took umbrage to Paul Pierce's boast that the Brooklyn Nets would eventually run New York. But Martin wasn't one of them.

"I don't care. We don't care about that man. They can keep talking. We're here to play basketball," Martin said. "We play them four games a year. We've got 78 other games to worry about."

Shump limited in scrimmage: Iman Shumpert did not participate in the Knicks' scrimmage on Saturday. The team says he went through running drills early in practice but sat out of the scrimmage due to a sore right shoulder. Shumpert missed practice on Thursday and Friday with the shoulder injury. … Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had a strong two-handed fast-break dunk during the scrimmage. Training camp invitee Toure' Murry was aggressive with the ball in his hands and had a strong finish in traffic.

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