Nuggets miss Martin; Cuban doesn't

DALLAS -- Kenyon Martin will sit on the Nuggets' bench in street clothes in his first appearance at the American Airlines Center since last season's acrimonious playoff series.

Martin has missed the last 13 games with tendinitis in his left knee. It's been obvious during the Nuggets' recent 1-4 skid how much Denver misses their glue guy.

"He’s a physical, spiritual leader and a terrific all-around player, great defender," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "I know they miss him right now. But it sounds like he’s going to be back soon."

Mark Cuban, who spent much of that playoff series in a public war of words with Martin (and his mother), said he had "absolutely nothing to say" when asked about Martin.