Kenyon Martin is averaging 10.6 minutes per game in his second season with the Knicks. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/National Basketball)
New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin told reporters that he is unhappy with the Knicks' performance so far this season and says it is 'difficult' to be left on the bench when the team is struggling, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Martin was upset about the way the Knicks played in a 120-89 home loss to the Spurs on Sunday:
“Sunday wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, not just for me but for the whole organization, to go out there and lay an egg like that on your home floor,’’ Martin said after Tuesday’s practice. “People pay hard-earned money. They come to see us play. We shouldn’t put a performance like that out there.’’
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The New York medical staff's new platoon system, where Martin and fellow power forward Amar'e Stoudemire alternate games, is beginning to wear on Martin. The 13-year NBA veteran said he had a hard time watching the loss from the sidelines:
“It was difficult for me to watch any game from the bench, not just a loss,’’ Martin said. “I want to play. I’m a competitor, man. It’s all about a winning. It’s all about the team. I want to play.’’
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Knicks coach Mike Woodson has said he would be willing to play both forwards in the same game at some point this season, provided it was not a part of back-to-back games.