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January 12, 2010
Martin cleared to play, says his return "should be real quick."

BLOG UPDATE (1:49 p.m.): First of all, all you fans calling for Martin to play tonight can go ahead and settle down.

That's just not happening, but he will be getting some work in today. He plans on getting in four practices leading up to Friday's game, but the ultimate decision on whether he returns against Philadelphia will now be made by coach Paul Westphal.

Meanwhile, here's his tentative schedule leading up to that game. He'll work out this afternoon, doing sprinting, jumping, dunking, and going very hard like he did in a couple one-on-none extra sessions last week. Tomorrow he will practice with the team, then do extra work on his own afterward.

The team isn't schedule to practice on Thursday, but Martin is planning on getting in one last workout with an assistant coach on Thursday night in Philly. From there, it'll just be a case of whether Westphal and Martin think he's back in a rhythm and ready to contribute.

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According to Kings shooting guard Kevin Martin, he was cleared to play today by the doctor who performed his Nov. 9 surgery.

Martin, who has been out since having the operation done to repair a hairline fracture in his left wrist, said the next couple days of practice will determine if he can play as early as Friday's game at Philadelphia.

"We'll see how these practices go the next couple of days," he said immediately after his appointment. "It's a good thing I have been doing basketball related workouts for three weeks so it should be real quick." - Sam Amick

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