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Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  7 responses

Kenyon Martin Aiming to Win a Championship … in China


Due to the NBA lockout, Kenyon Martin can’t pursue the title he truly wants at the moment, so he’s settling for the next best thing. Reports China Daily: “Shrugging off money as a motivation, the former Denver Nuggets forward said he joined the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for a simple reason – to play and win. ‘I know they (CBA club Xinjiang Flying Tigers) have won three league runner-ups. They need a championship. And I am coming for that,’ Martin said on Oct 6 after landing at the Uramqi airport, near where the team’s court is located. Martin signed a one-season, $2.7 million contract, the league’ most lucrative deal, with the Flying Tigers last month. The 2000 NBA draft’s first pick said he’s coming for the game, not the money. ‘I’m a grown man. Nobody is forcing me. It ain’t about the money. The money is great, but I don’t need it,’ Martin told Yahoo.com. ‘The deciding factor was the basketball. I will be 34 in December. Everybody knows I’m not getting any younger. I start getting that itch about this time of the year, and I want to play.’ Without an opt-out clause in the contract, Martin won’t able to return to the NBA until the Flying Tigers’ season ends, possibly in May after the playoffs, even if the postponed NBA season begins.”

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  • Waskito

    Brave move Kmart….

  • Rashiodonics

    Hope there’s injure reserve in CBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    I REMEMBER WHEN HE USED TO FLAGRANT FOUL FOOLS ON THE REGULAR. HE BETTER BE CAREFUL WITH THAT IN CHINA. THOSE DUDES STOMP ON PEOPLE. THAT SAID, IM SURE KENYONE IS TAKING A FEW OF HIS DUDES WITH HIM.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    I wonder how many of these dudes will break their contracts to come back, should there be an NBA season!

  • robb

    this dude is noodles (which is what his tattoo says)

  • Blue

    Go get that ring

  • Millie

    As K-Marts #1 fan, I would like to wish him the best of luck while he is playing basketball in China. China has aquired one of NBA’s most talented and greatest basketball players. He is a GREAT leader. I would do anything to be able to come see him play there.. I will surly miss him in the Denver Nuggets Basketball Court if the lockout is settled..
    I would like to have a mesage given to him if possible

    BEST OF LUCK, STAY HEALTHY AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON
    MY K-MART ROOM WILL HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE FOR ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES AND A JERSEY!!

    YOUR # 1 FAN
    MILLIE

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