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Monday, January 18th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  23 responses

Kevin Martin’s Return Isn’t Exactly Helping

Kevin Martin, not too long ago considered the best player in Sacramento, is not a welcome sight these days: “It’s the stagnant offense, the absence of rhythm, the disappearance of the chemistry and style that had re-engaged Kings fans and garnered respect around the league. And though Martin has played in only two of the 10 losses in the Kings’ last 12 games, his presence hasn’t provided the offensive upgrade for which they had hoped. If anything, it has only complicated matters. While Martin and Tyreke Evans have meshed just fine in the backcourt, nearly everyone else on the roster is struggling to understand their role. ‘I think what’s made us so tough to defend all year is that it has kind of been different guys on different nights – whoever has a mismatch, whoever is feeling it,’ center Spencer Hawes said. ‘We were hard to prepare for in that sense because we have a lot of guys who are capable of putting up big numbers.’ And now? ‘It is (tricky) because you don’t know when you’re going to get in (the game), and when you do get in, you try to stay in the flow or get in the flow,’ small forward Donté Greene said. ‘It can be tough at times.”‘

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  • basti

    first!
    go to minnesota.

  • LeoneL

    Wow.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Maybe Kevin Martin should come of the bench for now…

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    Kevin could be the perfect 6th man if he accepted this role like Chris Webber should have when he was coming off his injury.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Kings got off to a hot start and now they are feeling the stress since they are losing. Sure, blame Martin, but he is still super effecient and a legit threat. Other guys just need to play and not worry about what it was like before his return.

  • Gav

    only one thing to do, and thats obvious. Trade Kevin Martin! They have no need for him. Without him they have got a squaaaad!

  • Marvin

    The Kings should realize that this Evan’s team now and should find a way to trade Martin.

  • riggs

    reminds me of when amare got hurt and came back only to be shut down because he was stopping the flow.

  • somedude

    Sounds more like the Kings (players and fans) are just looking for an excuse, after believing their hot start actually indicated a good team.

  • http://slamonline.com d.j.

    wow martin int coming of the bench yall.. to good for that nonsense… the problem here is role players getting out of line and thinking they superstars ( like pao in the lakers )…. shut ur b*tch ass up accept your role, and when evans and martin have the ball get the hell out the way and stop whining.. they get 20 attempts per game each cause they r better than u which means you as a role paler now get 7-8 so deal with it….martin is in all* 22+ ppg guy.. if they do trade him they better get 1 in return…

  • jdote

    I think two games is a bit early to pull the trigger. Im not opposed to trading K-Mart, but I just think its too quick to judge. It’s not illegal two have two great players.. but on the other end I really liked watching sacramento in the first two months of the season. Now as Hawes pointed out the team’s rotations are tricksy. Donte Green is a solid player and deserves minutes. But when you have O.C and Kevin Martin, its kind of hard for him to see time. JT and Hawes both deserve minutes and touches as well.

  • J-City

    Trade him to Toronto. We got your Hedo and filler

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Hawes and Greene kinda threw Martin under the bus, huh?

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    All I know is this Sacramento squad is looking pretty good compared to what we’ve had for the last several years.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Don’t want to say “I was right” butttt….

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Kevin Martin simply isn’t needed. He’s a pure shooter on an offense that’s turning more into ball movement and fast-breaks. He’s either gotta accept a smaller role or move out. Team is too good without him.

  • Jose

    oooo…hedo 4 kevin.sounds good.lol or..trade him 4 david west??? no? then again it rids NOH of there other big so nvrmind.

  • Jack

    I wouldn’t say the team is “too good” without him. More like, “I don’t laugh at them as much anymore” with Martin out. He should just become a spot-up shooter on fast-breaks, or go to a team like Minny, or maybe even OKC.

  • rob

    Marvin is right. Trade Martin, Tyreke is the face of the team now. Martin is a very good player, they could get something pretty good.

  • nicko

    TRADE FOR SHAQQQQQ

  • http://www.twitter.com/PDXGayBball dma

    CHRIS BOSH! Martin and Jason Thompson/Spencer biznitch Hawes bahahaha

  • tavoris

    if Martin & Evans are meshing, then everyone else needs to shut up and fall in line. Those 2 are CLEARLY #1 and #1a options on the team.

  • berrybonds9

    No doubt Martin can score, but he is not helping the team. He can put up points in a hurry and in many different ways sure, but he is poison to team chemistry. He started the season off putting up 30, 40 points a night, and we lost every game anyways. And they weren’t even close games, we were getting blown out. Now that he’s back, surprise, we’ve lost every game since. Has he been a part of a single Kings win this season? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe he has. Evans has become a catalyst for this team, where Martin seems to promote stagnant, selfish basketball. He would be perfect as a 6th man but somewhere along the line his ego became massively overinflated. We need to get rid of him and address our most glaring deficiency, a defensive presence in the paint. A 7 footer who plays like a 7 footer. Someone who can consistently crash the boards and block shots.

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