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Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  51 responses

Kenyon Martin is Desperate and Angry for an NBA Job


No NBA team has signed Kenyon Martin so far, and that makes him very upset. Martin says he’s gotten a bad rap, and that he’d play for literally any team in the League at this point. From Yahoo! Sports: “There is a notion about me that is not accurate at all – I don’t know who started it or where it came from – that people can’t control me,’ Martin said. ‘I don’t understand. Have I had my issues like a lot of other people? Yeah. But I’m getting back that people think they can’t control me, that if I don’t play I’m going to explode, or I can turn a locker room. In 12 years there was not one day where I told one guy to dislike anybody. If you ask guys who I’ve played with that know me, they know what it is and know I’m about winning basketball games and competing.’ Martin came off the bench to average 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 22.2 minutes in 42 games with the Clippers while backing up Blake Griffin last season. The Clippers didn’t attempt to re-sign Martin in the offseason. The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs expressed interest at the start of free agency, sources said, but no NBA team has offered a contract – even a non-guaranteed deal – to Martin. Martin, 34, had hoped to sign with a title contender. Now, he’ll be open to joining any NBA team. ‘If someone calls me tomorrow, I don’t care who it is, whether it’s losing or winning at this point,’ Martin said. ‘If someone calls me tomorrow and wants me to come in, I’m going. Guys are going down and [teams] are like, ‘Well, we are going to stick with what we got.’ I’m like, ‘Really?’ I started questioning myself, ‘Am I that bad of a guy?’ Martin wonders if his reputation as an emotional player who has been known to speak his mind is being held against him. ‘Am I emotional? Yeah, but that’s what made me who I am,’ Martin said. ‘Is that too much or did I not do enough? Do I have my flaws? Yes. But have I done things the right way on and off the court? Yeah.’”

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  • Hursty

    He should sign with the Mavericks. Heard they need a backup PF/C. Oh wait.. nevermind.

  • Jer dawg

    I like that he’s intense. Old school guy. Charles Oakley, Alonzo Mourning kind of angry. A team player. I sure wished Lakers got him. Really hype up bench and light a fire under everyone’s ass. Except for few other guys. During course of season there needs to be someone that will motivate someone and provide more veteran advice. I sure hope Lakers can find a spot for him.

  • Doc heard

    I think Kenyon Martin is a very good player and somebody needs to add him to thier Team he’s got a lot of positive energy! Peace & Love from Doc Heard

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Wish the Knicks would’ve signed him instead of Kurt Thomas… Just feel like Kenyon could bring more to the game at this point in their careers. A lot of teams can use Kenyon though

  • Mariano

    Just take the minimum and sign with the Spurs

  • Dymez

    Damn…. I feel sorry for this dude. It’s like he’s being ostracized, but for nothing. He’s never been a distraction or a bad locker room guy his entire career. He’s not that old. I figured Miami would’ve picked him up by now.

  • J

    It seems like Jordan Hill already provides that hustle/ energy role for the Lakers and he’s been doing it pretty well so far. The Lakers won’t play both guys at the same time, since neither guys are real offensive threats. And Martin damn sure is not going to replace Pau or Dwight in the starting lineup. So where would Martin get his minutes? It seems like a waste of money just to have depth. I’m sure he’ll find a home somewhere when a big man somewhere goes down.

  • bob

    Thunder should look at him. They are playing Hasheem Thabeet in their rotation for God’s sake.

  • spit hot fiyah

    after watching a lot of clippers games last year i think it is safe to say that he doesn’t have much left in the tank. he had a few good games, but was mostly out there hacking people

  • shockexchange

    It seems that Kenyon is in denial. Maybe teams don’t think he’s a bad guy. Maybe they haven’t signed him because they think he can’t help them win. Given his past knee problems, how much does he have left in the tank?

  • danpowers

    he should either stop being so old or grow a few inches if he doesnt want to accept the vets minimum.

  • timbo slice

    Ship out amir johnson and get on that colangelo!

  • Clos1881

    I would love to see him in Boston

  • Max

    Heat should look at him imo

  • http://www.facebook.com/zer02hero15 James Franco Guerta

    I think K-mart in OKC is not that bad.

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    he should come to Iceland. He can make like 3 grand a month and a 2003 corolla to use. 4 grand if he coaches a youth program on the side.

  • RKJ92

    -.-

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    bring back K-Mart!

  • bike

    The Knicks could probably use him but he’s too young.

  • kg

    spurs need to get on this! perfect to shore up their defense

  • KBM

    “It seems like a waste of money just to have depth.”

    Thats good insight Jerdawg, real good.

  • T

    You ever think that it might be because of the countless 20 ft jumpers you put up K-Mart?

  • T

    You ever think that it might be because of the countless 20 ft jumpers you put up K-Mart?

  • T

    You ever think that it might be because of the countless 20 ft jumpers you put up K-Mart?

  • T

    You ever think that it might be because of the countless 20 ft jumpers you put up K-Mart?

  • T

    You ever think that it might be because of the countless 20 ft jumpers you put up K-Mart?

  • T

    You ever think that it might be because of the countless 20 ft jumpers you put up K-Mart?

  • T

    You ever think that it might be because of the countless 20 ft jumpers you put up K-Mart?

  • spit hot fiyah

    lmao, same in sweden, possibly a mazda or maybe opel though

  • spit hot fiyah

    lmao, same in sweden, possibly a mazda or maybe opel though

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    lol

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    lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    lol

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    lol

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    lol

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    lol

  • luiz

    doesnt help that it says desperate and angry as the title! how about ambitious and fuled! smfh

  • luiz

    doesnt help that it says desperate and angry as the title! how about ambitious and fuled! smfh

  • luiz

    doesnt help that it says desperate and angry as the title! how about ambitious and fuled! smfh

  • luiz

    doesnt help that it says desperate and angry as the title! how about ambitious and fuled! smfh

  • luiz

    doesnt help that it says desperate and angry as the title! how about ambitious and fuled! smfh

  • luiz

    doesnt help that it says desperate and angry as the title! how about ambitious and fuled! smfh

  • luiz

    doesnt help that it says desperate and angry as the title! how about ambitious and fuled! smfh

  • danpowers

    the clippers should take him back and waive odom

  • kadavour

    he would prob be a great fit for them

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Money is tight apparently.

  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    ah, Sweden, the promised land for ballers that are just a little bit too good for Iceland.

  • spit hot fiyah

    ah iceland, the promised land for players that are a little too good for norway

  • http://twitter.com/ballster805 Call me Ballster

    i watched kmart last year on the clippers and he was an integral part on their bench protecting the paint and blake griffin. he was usually playing at the end of the game due hack a deandre jordan and many times shut down small forwards and guards when there was a switch. makes no sense why he doesn’t have a job.

  • kjlkj

    C’mon Riley, Heat need a rebounder.

  • MIB

    kenyon martin is a BEAST! It is crazy he not in the NBA, 5 teams that could use him right away and can afford league min…..CELTICS, LAKERS, CLIPPERS,WARRIORS,MIAMI HEAT…BUT REALLY ANY TEAM COULD USE A 6 9 ATHLETIC PF WHO CAN REBOUND SHOOT N NBANG DOWN LOW….C’MON NBA

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