We aren't reading too much into it. It's Marty.
I'd be fine if he said "I want to play. I want to play in the playoffs, but ultimately it's up to me. My job is to play as well as I can and make them play me. I'm here to help the team win and if that's playing every night, great. If it's to help Cory and the team in other ways, that's great too. It's not about me. I want the team to win."
Except he doesn't say that. He says he wants to play and talked to Lou about it, like a baby who wants a handout.