Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at 5:37 pm  |  45 responses


When KMart was tearing it up for the Nets.

Kenyon MartinPhoto by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 76

Kenyon Martin has been known to tear down rims. Granted, in recent years, this trend has decreased in frequency. But in the pre-microfracture surgery early years of the decade helping the Nets reach the Finals with his play on both ends of the court, the former Bearcat was a real force. — Adam Fleischer

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  • http://www.slamonline.com GotHandles?

    i remember when he was good

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    It was the broken leg at Cincy that robbed us of more of this.


    No, it was him not playing with Jason Kidd. Jason Kidd made Kenyon Martin, he’s acerage at best without him.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    I Luv Slam!!
    this was one of my favorite colour and is one of two covers since the Bron and Bassy one that i don’t own

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    no wallpaper??

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    “Bad Ass Yellow Boy”

  • http://soulbanger.tumblr.com tapion786

    kidd kmart and kittles filling the lanes…. those were the golden days

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I’m not sure if it’s obvious, but that’s not a real backboard — actually breaking one in the hopes we could use it for a shoot just wasn’t feasible. We had to find some guy who could get us a piece of (I think?) Plexiglass that we could then either screw or glue a rim too. Point being, no actual backboards were harmed in the making of this cover.
    And unnamed makes a pretty fair point.

  • Nate James

    Kmart was amazing. im glad he is still playing.
    all those injurys

  • clapzilla

    Defensive Player of The Year!!!

  • big bad boss

    i think patrick chewing tore that rim that kenyon was holding!

  • Will Lee

    he’s aight

  • Czar Ruke

    I’m sorry but Kmart was never that good. He did have promise. What happend to that jumpshot he’s been working on….

    KVH made Kmart. HA!

  • nastierthanyou

    Unbelievable in college. Flat out monster. The squad they had was nasty. He wouldve given huggie bear his national championship he’s still searchin for. Damon Flint butter.

  • Czar Ruke

    Althought he’s definitely someone I would not talk smack to on the court.

  • underdog

    Good old times.

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  • http://its-mitch.blogspot.com Paps

    Kittles was my fav dunker till VC came along.

  • Herfdawg

    LOL at big bad

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Kidd-Martin : the best alley-oop combo since Payton-Kemp.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    It was meant to be a homage to an old Charles Barkley poster. Of course I can’t find it online, but it was a black and white shot of him holding a rim still attached to a chunk of backboard.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    The piece of backboard connected to the rim Kenyon was holding was quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    @Ryan, you can definitely tell it isn’t a real backboard. But it is still an amazing photo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones
  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    You know what’s awesome? When you do a Google image search for “Charles Barkley poster”, about half the hits are Chuck’s mug shot.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    that IS awesome, ryan.

  • ab_40

    I have this issue somewhere it was a nice article but was it before the playoffs? cuz after that summer he signed in denver… right?

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Ryan, no, I don’t mean that one, but that poster is f*cking amazing. This was a black and white shot, waist up, him holding the rim in front of him with both hands.

  • mike

    my very first slam issue

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Ah, yes. I remember the one. Surely it must exist somewhere on the internets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Ah, yes. I remember the one. Surely it must exist somewhere on the internets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Funny though, in retrospect, us comparing K-Mart to Chuck. Ah, youth.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I think the comparison, to the extent that we took it, was quite valid. And I thought we agreed to never refer to Kenyon by that cut-rate moniker? “KENYON! BEND YOUR KNEES, KENYON!” Sigh. Gonna be hearing that on my deathbed.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @ Boing: word up
    K-mart made it cool to be yellow

  • Max

    Fugazy. Always has been, always will be. JKidd and Chauncey have propped him up more than he ever deserved.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Actually, remember we hired some guy who made props for Broadway shows to make that thing. I was at the shoot and it was so heavy I didn’t think even Kenyon could lift it with one arm. Also the edges were all jagged and if you look carefully there’s a few sharp pieces of it basically poking him. BEND! YOUR! KNEES!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    No, I know the comparison was valid, just that it’s not anymore — I meant, “Ah, Kenyon’s youth,” not ours. My bad on the blue-light special reference, though. Maybe I need a trip in the rejuvenation machine…

  • Young Chris MP3

    @ Gerard (11:58 am): What does that make CP3 to Chandler?

  • ab_40

    oh I got that poster it’s from nike right? I can look it up but I can’t post it anywhere haha

  • Mike Briggs

    He was so good when he was with the nets. we had such a good team just couldn’t quite beat the powers from out west. Hopefully he can regain the ability he once showed before he went to the nuggets

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    My chronology is off. Is this before or after he made fun of Zo’s disease?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    @young Chris: a close third, but the dunks Kenyon threw down were something else. Tjey were frightening, to say the least.

  • Tavoris

    KMart was a borderline beast…if he hadn’t gotten hurt, he’d b better than STAT (because he actually tries to play defence)

    back in the pre-microfracture years, he was one of only two players who could guard Tim Duncan 1 on 1 (Sheed being the other)

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Tavoris gets it.

  • http://IJustWantMyName2LookBig.com Chukaz

    K-Mart was ill back in the day. He’s still pretty sick, just now as sick as he used to be.