According to New York Knicks big man Kenyon Martin, he’s done playing through nagging foot and ankle injuries for the time being. K-Mart is shutting it down until after the NBA All-Star Break. Per the NY Post:
Martin was in a walking boot as he entered the locker room before Wednesday’s 94-90 loss to the Trail Blazers — the 10th of the last 12 games he has missed.
He returned from a nearly two-week absence to face the Celtics last week, missed the next game against the Cavaliers and tried suiting up against the Heat before aggravating the injury.
“I was playing in pain,’’ Martin said. “You’re supposed to play through some stuff. But playing in pain ain’t cool all the time — not knowing about the next day. It’s more frustrating than anything.’’
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Martin would seek a second opinion, but Martin said he already has seen a foot specialist who recommended prolonged rest.
“If it’s necessary to get a second opinion we will, but we’ve been fighting it for a while,’’ Martin said. “Sometimes you have to listen to your body, not your heart.
Martin said surgery is “not in the equation’’ and he will focus on therapy and “strengthening it.’’