Many New York Knicks’ fans were excited about veteran power forward Kenyon Martin re-signing with the team during the offseason.
However while many people think Martin will play a big role off the bench during the upcoming season, there’s a good chance that K-Mart won’t be seen on the floor nearly as much as we did a season ago.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson recently told ESPN’s Ian Begley that he doesn’t plan on using Martin very frequently this season, saying he plans to be “cautious” with the 35-year old.
Martin averaged over 28 minutes per game down the stretch last year, mostly because the Knicks bigs were banged up. That is something that we are unlikely to see this season.
“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, even with Amar’e Stoudemire already out of action, the Knicks have other forwards who are expected to be able to contribute.
Woodson has already begun limiting K-Mart in practice and has held him out of the Knicks’ past two scrimmages. However Martin has said he is 100 percent healthy so even in limited minutes this season, Martin should still be a key contributor to the Knicks’ rotation.