With K-Mart Injury, Bird Man Could Finally Soar

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IMarch 6, 2010

DENVER - JANUARY 13:  Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Orlando Magic during NBA action at Pepsi Center on January 13, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Magic 115-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With reports surfacing that Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin could miss extensive time with a patella injury, the light that has been shining on Martin's dunks and aggressive play all season could soon be shining on the man with the big hair.

That's right, folks. While it's due to unfortunate circumstances, "The Bird Man " could begin to see some well-deserved minutes, as Martin rests for the next 48 hours and decides on how to treat his injury.

Marc J. Spears called Martin's knee injury "jumper's knee" in his report for Yahoo! Sports and said that Martin would ponder three different treatments: rest, injections, or surgery.

Rest could have Martin miss anywhere from a week to up until the end of the regular season, while surgery would surely keep him out of the regular season and could affect his status for the playoffs.

Injections, on the other hand, could help K-Mart stay in action within the next week or so, but could bring more risk to further injury.

Regardless, it's looking like Chris Anderson (Bird Man) will be getting a heavy dose of minutes, and judging by the production he put up in just under 27 minutes in a Denver win on Friday night, the Nuggets may not face much of a transition.

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Anderson, who has been averaging just over six points and six rebounds on the season in 22 minutes per game, scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked three shots off the bench for the Nuggets on Friday night.

Translation: The Bird Man is ready to soar.

While one break-out game doesn't make Anderson a star, the opportunity, combined with his talent and personality, does.

Monitor K-Mart's status, and if he's a scratch for multiple weeks or for the season, Anderson could be a gem worth owning.

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