Kenyon Martin: George Karl 'Is Not My Doctor'
Denver coach George Karl recently said he expects injured Chris Andersen to return by Dec. 1 and fellow hurt big man Kenyon Martin to be back by Jan. 1. Both are recovering from offseason knee surgery, and are out to start the season.
"That's more realistic than optimistic,'' said Andersen, seeing credence in the date Karl offered.
Martin, though, shrugged off what Karl said.
"George is not my doctor,'' Martin said in an interview with FanHouse before Denver's opener Wednesday against Utah at the Pepsi Center. "George is not a doctor. George is a great basketball coach. George is not my doctor ... The only person who knows when I'm coming back is Dr. (Richard) Steadman.''
Martin wouldn't speculate on a date he could return but he did offer a clue about when he expects to know more. Martin said he has an appointment scheduled shortly after Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 25, with Steadman, a Vail, Colo., specialist who operated on his torn left patella.
"Not at all until I see him,'' Martin said of a timetable being known. "That's up to (Steadman), man. I don't have a brain when it comes to it. I use his brain.''
Martin said in late September he was in no hurry to rush back due to being in a contract year and the Nuggets not having given him a contract extension last summer. But he said before Wednesday's opener, "I want to be out there.''
Andersen, who had surgery for a torn right patella, is definitely closer to returning than Martin. He said he had some elements of a physical Wednesday, which is required before he gets back on the court.
Andersen has said it's his decision as to when he returns to play. If Andersen is back before Dec. 1, it means he will have missed no more than 16 games before his seasonal debut.
"I take it day by day,'' Andersen said. "(Andersen will return) when I make sure it gets strong enough and I don't have any doubts in my mind when I step on the floor.''
As for Martin, he'll wait until he hears from a Dr. Steadman, not a Dr. Karl.
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