Knicks’ Martin Wants Some Preseason Minutes
The government shutdown is over, but the K-Mart shutdown continues.
Former Raptor Andrea Bargnani is good to go Monday night in his former haunt, but Kenyon Martin is still wondering when Knicks coach Mike Woodson will let him play this preseason.
Bargnani, whose back stiffened in practice Sunday at Columbia University, is healthy enough to play his second game in Toronto in 10 days. Bargnani hasn’t missed a single preseason game. Martin has yet to play one. Martin prefers to play and is trying to rationalize the extra cautious strategy the Knicks medical staff is taking.
Because his late-season severe ankle sprain healed slowly over the summer, a plan was devised to keep Martin off the court during most of preseason. But Martin vowed even if he doesn’t play a preseason game, he will be out there for the season opener Oct. 30 against the Bucks.
Martin said he has yet to hear if Woodson will unleash him for the preseason finale Oct. 25 at the Garden against the Bobcats.
“I’ll definitely [play] on the 30th,’’ Martin said. “I’m going to push that much harder to play. I’m not questionable. I’m fine.’’
Asked whether he would play the last preseason game, Martin snapped, “I wanted to play the first. You got to ask Woody. He’s the coach. If it was up to me, I’ll play.”