Kenyon Martin is an OG. He has the battle scars to prove it. I understand the competitiveness in Kenyon’s heart, but he needs to sit tight and realize that the Knicks brass have a plan for him. We know he wants to play, we also know that he will never make it through an entire season if he plays from day one. So Kenyon has to relax and pick his spots throughout the season so he can be there for the playoffs and hopefully beyond.
Via Marc Berman
“I’m ready now,’’ Martin said on whether he would be fit for the regular-season opener. “And it’s nine days away. I’m fine, man. If he decides to play me in one of those last preseason games, he’ll let me know. If not, the real show starts and I’m ready.’
“I understand: I’m not a young guy,’’ added Martin, who turns 36 in December. “I’m not going to press the issue about playing preseason [even if] it makes no sense to me. I’m going to press the issue when it’s playing the regular season. Because I want to play. I understand the issue. We have guys fighting for jobs and in order for them to do that, I have to take a backseat.’’
The Knicks may not believe Martin can withstand the rigors of an 82-game schedule. The ex-Net is destined to sit out some back-to-backs. Woodson appears ready to adopt the same strategy Spurs coach Gregg Popovich uses in giving time off to Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
Kenyon is a bruising PF who gave the Knicks that edge last year that they were so sorely missing. Now with Metta in the mix, Kenyon can take it slower and have light duty throughout the year. This will preserve his body for the duration of the season.
New York learned their lesson last year with all the OG veterans they had on the roster. This year Kenyon is one of the few holdover OG’s from last years team. It is up to Kenyon and the Knicks staff to keep him focused, healthy, and ready to play down the stretch for him to be a major contributor.