The New York Knicks are taking several precautions to try and keep back-up big men Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire healthy. Both could serve important roles on this team, but both are also fragile players whose bodies cannot be relied upon. We already know that Mike Woodson was planning on keeping them on minutes restrictions and saving them on back-to-back games, but according to a few sources, it seems the Knicks have a slightly more elaborate plan for Martin and Stoudemire:
This seems like an interesting plan for Woodson. If I’m understanding correctly, if the Knicks played on a Tuesday and Wednesday night, Martin might play Tuesday while Stoudemire played Wednesday. And then on non-back-to-back nights, both would be available to play.
It would indeed seem to keep them healthy, but it won’t do anything for team continuity and lineup consistency — something players and coaches said hurt them last season when they were affected by injuries. Stoudemire, on one hand, is a very efficient offensive player who doesn’t add much on defense. Martin is a solid defender and a good rim-protector, but doesn’t offer much on offense. Subbing the two in and out in consecutive games will give the Knicks a pretty different look each night.
Woodson also mentioned that Stoudemire and Martin may start at ten-minute limits per game and then work their way up when they’re ready. I wouldn’t expect either to play over 20 per game, however.