Kenyon Martin Injury: Updates on Knicks PF's Ankle and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 16, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, April 16

ESPN's Ian Begley has an update on Martin:

Updates from Thursday, Feb. 27

Newsday's Al Iannazzone has an update on Martin's status:

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18

Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports Kenyon Martin will not be traveling with the Knicks during their next 4 games:

Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 5

Ian Begley of ESPN reports Kenyon Martin is likely out this week:

Marc Berman of the New York Post says Martin believes he'll be out until after the All-Star break:

Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal provides more details from Martin:

Updates from Monday, Feb. 3

Ian Begley of ESPN has the latest on Kenyon Martin:

Updates from Thursday, Jan. 30

Newsday's Al Iannazzone reports on Kenyon Martin's status for tonight's contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers: 

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 28

Ian Begley of ESPN New York provides some good news for Knicks fans:

Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 22

Marc Berman of the New York Post reports Kenyon Martin believes he'll return to the lineup next Thursday:

Updates from Friday, Jan. 17

Newsday's Al Iannazzone offers an update on Martin's status:

Original Text

New York Knicks power forward Kenyon Martin exited Thursday, Jan. 16's game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a sprained left ankle.

The team's official PR Twitter account reported the news, indicating that Martin would not return to the court for the remainder of the contest:

After the game Al Iannazzone of Newsday provided an update on Martin's status:

Martin has taken on a bigger role with the Knicks thanks to his own play, along with the illness center Tyson Chandler has been dealing with. Chandler missed four consecutive games before the team's recent loss to Charlotte.

For this game against the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers, Chandler is continuing to gut it out—something the New York Times' Scott Cacciola weighed in on after Martin went down:

The 36-year-old Martin has provided a spark but has done so in an aggressive way, perhaps to a fault at times in racking up five personal fouls in four of his previous five games.

Losing Martin makes the Knicks front line even thinner—not a positive development when facing the likes of Indiana, who can get physical and pound opponents on the boards.

New York has been one of the worst rebounding squads in the Association this season, which is part of the reason for its struggle to a record well below .500. Hopefully this is a temporary issue for Martin and the sprain isn't too severe, though it doesn't help that he's at such a late stage of his career.