This morning in Toronto, Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson spoke to reporters about the recent addition of 35-year-old, Kenyon Martin. Both of them had positive things to say about Martin, who hasn’t played in the NBA this year.
Woodson has yet to chat with Martin at any substance, but will “sit down with him tomorrow when I get back and chat with him and just see where he is.” Woodson made no commitments as to when Martin would become available for game-time, but thinks that if he’s “got anything left in his tank I think he can still help us.”
Like Woodson, Melo was optimistic that Martin could help the Knicks, should he have gas left in the tank:
“I really think he can be a big attribute to this team,” Anthony said. “I’ve been able to play with him in Denver for multiple years and know from a basketball standpoint what he brings to the game when he’s locked in, when he’s focused. I haven’t talked to him yet, I haven’t seen him. People that I know that know him, mutual friends, tell me he’s in shape, he’s ready, he’s focused. As long as that’s the plan coming in here, then we [are] all for it.”
Both Melo and Woodson sounded optimistic about Martin’s contributions to this Knicks team, but both questioned how much Martin has left in the tank. With the Knicks signing Martin to a 10-day contract, they’ll have a period to assess where Martin is, physically, before committing to a season-long contract.