ORLANDO -- Kenyon Martin passed his physical and participated in the Los Angeles Clippers’ shootaround on Monday morning as coaches introduced him to the team’s schemes and terminology, coach Vinny Del Negro said.
As expected, he won’t play Monday night against the Orlando Magic, and Del Negro said he’ll have a timetable for Martin’s first game action after practice on Tuesday. Martin previously said he’d like to play before the team ends its six-game, ten-day road trip that concludes Feb. 13 at Dallas.
“We’re going to work him out pretty hard tomorrow and see where he’s at conditioning-wise, just kind of get him up to speed as quick as possible on terminology and all that,” Del Negro said. “We’ll get him out there as soon as possible. When that is, I don’t know.”
Martin, who won’t dress against the Magic, arrived in Orlando on Sunday and watched he Clippers go through a light practice. He wasn’t yet cleared to play but got to know his teammates -- particularly young big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who hope to learn from the veteran -- and coaches.
“He’s a veteran guy. He picked up everything real quick this morning,” Del Negro said. “We’ll just give him some basic things he can get involved with as quick as possible. I’m more concerned about actually having a little bit of a practice tomorrow where he can get into it defensively and learn things and get a feel for where guys are, get some chemistry down.”
Martin hasn’t played in a competitive game since December, when he left the Xinjiang Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.