Kenyon Martin didn't like hearing that Mike Woodson called him "questionable" for next week's regular-season opener. The veteran power forward expects to play.

Martin has been held out of practice and all five preseason games because of an ankle injury he suffered late last season that Woodson said he's "still rehabbing." Martin said he understands the Knicks are being cautious but he will voice his opinion about being in the lineup when the Knicks face the Bucks on Oct. 30 at the Garden.

"I'm not going to press the issue about playing in preseason" Martin said before the Knicks fell to the Raptors 123-120 in double overtime at Air Canada Centre Monday night. "But I'm going to press the issue about playing in the regular season.

"I'm ready to rock. It's all on Woody when he wants to throw me out there. So whether it's one of the last preseason games or not but definitely on the 30th I'm going to push that much harder to play. I'm not questionable. I'm fine."

Woodson said Martin 35 just needs "to be patient" because the Knicks want him healthy later in the season. For that reason Woodson also said Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire who is rehabbing from a third knee surgery in 10 months will miss games throughout the year.

"I think he and Amar'e both have got to be managed to the point where they can't play back-to-back games and three four games in five or six nights" Woodson said.

Martin sprained his ankle in early April. He said he rested and rehabbed it in the offseason and "it just wasn't where it needed to be when training camp started." As a result the Knicks put together a plan on how they will handle him this season.