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- The Knicks on Saturday signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract. Martin played alongside Jason Kidd with the Nets and next to Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton and Marcus Camby in Denver. Martin hasn’t played since spending 42 games last season with the Clippers and said he wondered whether an NBA team would ever call him again. “It was a daily struggle,” he told reporters Saturday. “I went through every emotion early in the season. Mad, sad, upset, frustrated, you name it, I went through it. It just got to a point where I couldn’t let that consume my daily thoughts. I wanted to play.” Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said on Thursday: “We’ve always liked Kenyon. He’s a great competitor and a good defender and he’s played with a number of our players on the Knicks. … We’re just looking forward to adding another good defender who can help us in our quest this season.”
- Grunwald said the Knicks signed Martin as “insurance” for injured and aging bigs Camby and Rasheed Wallace. Coach Mike Woodson said Saturday that Wallace is “a ways away” from returning from a stress reaction in his left foot, and that Camby would likely return from plantar fasciitis before Wallace. “We just hope there won’t be any setbacks,” Woodson said.
- The Knicks (32-20) have lost four straight and haven’t won since Feb. 8 against Minnesota. They have dropped to third place in the Eastern Conference standings, and are only a game ahead of the rival Nets.
- The Sixers (22-31) have also dropped four straight, including a 114-90 loss to LeBron James and the Heat Saturday night at home.
- The Sixers will be without guard Jason Richardson (left knee surgery), but will get forward Thaddeus Young (left hamstring strain) back after he missed the previous six games. They are 1-5 without the 6-foot-8 Georgia Tech product. “Thad will play, which will be a shot in the arm for us,” Sixers head coach Doug Collins said during pregame media availability. “He’ll give us a little speed out there because you get a little nervous with a hamstring, always worrying about that being something lingering, but he says he feels good.”
– Josh Newman & Adam Zagoria