Attention K-Mart watchers:

Kenyon Martin had his shoeless left ankle wrapped in ice when reporters were allowed in to watch the tail end of practice in Greenburgh on Monday but he and the Knicks were quick to downplay that situation as little more than a preventative measure.

Mike Woodson said Martin took part in the majority of an earlier practice — but the veteran forward continues to be held out of team scrimmages as a precaution to try to keep him available for the regular season and beyond.

“I understand it maybe the younger Kenyon probably wouldn’t have but the more mature and older Kenyon understands what the goal is” Martin said. “They need me in April and May and definitely June.”

Martin sprained his left ankle near the end of the regular season last April before averaging nearly 22 minutes per game off the bench in 12 playoff appearances. The 14-year veteran hasn’t played in any of the Knicks’ first three preseason games and Woodson indicated he doesn’t expect Martin to dress Thursday against the Wizards in Baltimore.

“It’s a long season and I’m not trying to burn him out here right now” Woodson said. “Again we gradually work his way in … and we’ll see how he feels (Tuesday) and hopefully there won’t be any setbacks with it.”

Martin 35 joined the Knicks as a free agent in February of last season and he provided valuable toughness and defense on the second unit often as a backup to center Tyson Chandler. The Knicks re-signed Martin to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum ($1.4 million) in July.

“Of course I feel like I can start on any team in the league but that’s not the case here I understand that I am going to play my role” Martin said. “Tyson can’t play 48 (minutes). He probably wants to. But it probably wouldn’t be smart. So me knowing what I can bring to the table and these days I think I am a center nowadays. I came in as a four played some three then I think I am a five now. Not many true centers in the league. So I don’t mind that role not at all.”

Martin acknowledged that being limited in camp beats the alternative of his situation at this time one year ago when he couldn’t find an NBA job.

“Just mentally man basketball is easy. It is the mental aspect knowing that I am going to be here for the year for the duration of the season” Martin said. “Last year it was up in the air. I got discouraged about it last year. My mental state right now is at an all-time high. I know I am going to help this team. I am going to be a part of a lot of wins this year and a great playoff run. I am excited about it.”