The Knicks’ disappointing season is coming to an end tonight at Madison Square Garden. Even though they have nothing left to play for the team still has to turn up and face the Raptors. Before tip-off Kenyon Martin, who hasn’t played since February 1, spoke with reporters in front of his locker about his injury, and season 2013-14.
On whether he would have played in the playoffs
“If we had made the playoffs I was definitely going to try give it [playing] a go. This is a disappointing season as a whole. For myself, and the team.”
On whether he wants to play on next year
“Of course. That’s the plan. I haven’t heard anything either way, but do I feel like I can still help? Of course, and I would like for it to be here [New York].
On his injured ankle keeping him out so long
“It wasn’t a setback. It’s a long season. I grinded it as long as I could, but it got to where the pain was just unbearable. I was trying to do everything I could to get back.”
Has he had a conversation with Phil Jackson yet?
“We’ll talk tomorrow [and] see where his head is and go from there. I wanna be a Knick again, I don’t feel I’m done by any stretch of imagination. I know I can help, [I still] have a lot of basketball to play.”
Where he feels the Knicks went wrong this season
“You can’t pinpoint one thing. Injuries played a part. Guys have been in-and-out of the lineup all year. That’s a part of it, but [also] us not playing well as a team. When it all boils down to it, we just didn’t get it done. We started early. We dug ourselves such a big hole in the beginning, it was hard to climb out of. Overall, it was on us. We couldn’t get it done as a team.”
On whether he feels like Mike Woodson is being fairly blamed for the team’s record
“Coaches always get the blame. You look at the makeup of the team we had last year, and the guys they started the year with – I came in late. There’s a lot of new pieces around here this year; guys that aren’t used to playing with each other. Woody had us prepared for the game – it was just, we didn’t go out an get it done. There wasn’t one day where we didn’t have shoot-around, or didn’t watch film. It was the same game plan, same schemes, we had last year. We just didn’t get it done.”
On Carmelo Anthony’s future with the Knicks
“I don’t speak on other people’s situations. Who knows what’s in his head? I’m sure he’s got a lot of thinking to do [but] the city loves him. I know that much.”