K-Mart questionable for season opener

October, 19, 2013
Kenyon MartinJoe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsKenyon Martin is still hurting six months after spraining his ankle.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kenyon Martin's lingering ankle injury will keep him out of Monday's preseason game against the Raptors. It may also keep him out of the Knicks' season opener.

Martin suffered an ankle injury late last season but returned to play in every playoff game for the Knicks.

But the injury is still bothering Martin, according to Mike Woodson.

"His knees are fine. He feels great there. It's just, he’s nursing his ankle," Woodson said after Saturday's practice.

The fact that Martin is still hurt six months after his original ankle sprain is troubling for the 13-year veteran, and for the Knicks.

He's missed the first four preseason games already. Woodson said Martin may scrimmage with the Knicks during their two-game, three-day road trip next week.

"That’s our hope," the coach said. "We’ll see how all this plays out."

Martin's status for the season opener is questionable at this point, according to Woodson.

"And if he is around, I don't know how much he'll even play," Woodson said.

Woodson wants to see the 36-year-old forward scrimmage before playing him in a game.

Martin has missed multiple practices during training camp and the preseason. The Knicks said they were "preserving" the veteran forward, whom they re-signed to a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum in the offseason.

But Woodson said on Saturday the Knicks had monitored Martin's ankle throughout the offseason.

"During negotiations we kept tabs on him just to see how he was doing," Woodson said. "He did a lot of the things that we left him with on his own and with some of his therapy people. And he’s been nursing it all the way up to when we signed him and we got him back here for camp."

New York plans to keep one of the big men they've invited to training camp, possibly as insurance for Amar'e Stoudemire and Martin.

"With [Martin], it’s still day to day," Woodson said. "I'm not going to do anything silly with him because the bottom line is he’s here for the long run and it’s a long season."

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