Martin was brought in as a free agent in late February to replace Rasheed Wallace, who's out at least eight weeks with a broken foot.
Wallace was a driving force off the bench during the Knicks' 15-5 start. Teammates lauded Wallace for his ability to communicate on defense and call out screens and cutters.
They're saying the same thing about Martin.
"He's a great communicator, always out there talking," Chandler said after Martin had had 10 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes against Utah .
Communication is a major part of Martin's daily approach to the game.
"Just talk and be aggressive. I think if we communicate on the defensive end and we're aggressive, the sky's the limit," he said.
The Knicks, of course, have the option to get rid of Martin at the end of his current 10-day deal. That wasn't likely to happen before the Stoudemire injury and it's almost definitely not going to happen now.
They could also cut Wallace and use the roster spot to add a player. But as long as Martin is healthy and effective, there may not be a need to let Wallace go.
Not with Kenyon ready for his close-up.
"It's unfortunate, with Amar'e going down, that you have to benefit from something like that," he said. "But I'm going to take advantage of that and try to help this team win."