After a outstanding eight game winning streak, it seemed like it was a season ago when the New York Knicks roster included the names Kenyon Martin and Andrea Bargnani. Both players have been out of coach Mike Woodson‘s rotation due to injuries endured over a month ago.
Bargnani tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow after a failed dunk attempt that sent him to the hardwood in late January. Two weeks later, the Knicks decided to put Martin in the sidelines after a nagging sprained ankle injury had taken him out of the lineup in several occasions. Will we see these guys on the court anytime before the season ends?
Bargnani is most likely to miss the entire season and postseason. When he was a member of the Toronto Raptors in the 2012-13 season, he ended his season in similar fashion. After falling down from a failed dunk attempt, he hurt his arm and was diagnosed with a sprained elbow that ended his season. Now sitting on the Knicks’ bench, he is nursing a torn elbow ligament and only allowed to run without any contact during practice. Bargnani has no timetable for his return.
Unlike Bargnani, Martin has not made his way back to the practice court yet. He’s known to provide a lot of hustling and show-stopping plays to excite the New York crowd. Unfortunately, Martin’s injury seems to be more severe than the average sprained ankle; there is no timetable for Martin’s return.
According to Woodson, he is hopeful to see Bargnani and Martin back in action if the Knicks could reach the postseason. “So all we can do is keep winning and try to prolong the season for these guys to make it back, so if we’re able to get in the playoffs, they hopefully should be ready I think.”