Monday, April 8, 2013
Notebook: Martin is still day to day
By Jared Zwerling
On Monday, Kenyon Martin, a major catalyst behind the Knicks' 12-game winning streak, is still day to day after missing the last two games with a sore knee.
Mike Woodson provided an injury update Monday during his weekly appearance on ESPN New York 98.7 FM, saying there is no return date yet for Martin.
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"He's going through his treatments and things of that nature," the coach said. "Yeah, we are short-handed in terms of bigs, but if Chris Copeland plays like he played last night, he can be that other big until we get back healthy and home again."
In Sunday's win over the Thunder, Copeland had a block, three rebounds and three assists to go along with 13 points -- most of which he put up in the first half alone.
Copeland has said he feels comfortable guarding the ball, but his biggest area of improvement continues to be reading pick-and-roll coverages and knowing where to position himself.
Regarding the health of Tyson Chandler, who recently returned from a bulging disk in his neck, Woodson was positive about the starting center's progression. He had 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks on Sunday.
"I thought last night was his best game since he's been back," Woodson said. "He had some bounce, he was handling the basketball in terms of handling it in traffic and making plays like he'd been making all year. His first few games, his timing was so gone and he just struggled, but I thought last night his game was complete in terms of how he moved and played."
ALL HAIL TO THE KING: On Monday, Knicks legend Bernard King, who had failed to make the Hall of Fame six previous times, was officially announced as one of seven inductees, including former NBA star Gary Payton; two top college basketball coaches, Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian; North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell; former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis; and ex-WNBA star Dawn Staley. The induction ceremony will be on Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass.
EARL THE AUTHOR: Forty years after helping lead the Knicks to the 1973 NBA championship, Earl Monroe has published his first memoir, "Black Magic," along with award-winning author Quincy Troupe.
The book, which hits the shelves April 23, recounts Monroe's violent childhood and coming of age without a father (before they were reunited years later); his youth honing his hoop skills on the playgrounds of South Philadelphia; playing college ball at Winston-Salem State University; battles with racism that actually kept him out of the 1967 Pan American Games; his glory days in the NBA; his post-career; and thoughts on the league today, the future of the game and much more.
"Earl Monroe was a special basketball player, a true original on and off the court, and a real student of the game," Patrick Ewing said in a release for the book. "I would have loved to have played with him."
Speaking of Monroe, he and his '73 title teammate, Walt Frazier, watched the championship-clinching game for the fist time ever on Monday. MSG Network discovered and refurbished a copy of the Game 5 original broadcast, and the prestigious pair got a chance to see it at Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine restaurant in New York City. It will be shown this Sunday on MSG Network at 7 p.m.
"The '73 team was better [than 1970] because we had Earl, we had [Jerry] Lucas, we had Dean [Meminger] off the bench, Phil Jackson," Frazier said today. "The versatility on our team was amazing. Everyone could handle the ball and everyone could shoot."