Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  81 responses

Kenyon Martin Is Making Guarantees

by Marcel Mutoni

When the Playoffs started, many thought (and hoped) Cleveland and L.A. would breezily get through their respective conferences, setting up a titanic clash in the NBA Finals.

Things have been a little more complicated than that, and Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets intends to rain on the entire parade.

Following the Nuggets’ huge Game 2 win in Los Angeles last night, K-Mart was feeling pretty good about his own team’s chances of making into the NBA Finals. From the Press-Enterprise:

Before the Conference Finals began, most were predicting a Lakers-Cavs NBA Finals. But with both Denver and Orlando having seized home-court advantage, Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin made clear that such a match-up is anything but inevitable.

“We’ve got a fight on our hands and the Cavs have a fight on their hands,” he said. “Everyone just thought us and and Orlando were going to go down so they can play. But that ain’t going to happen. I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen. Go play NBA Live if you want to see that match-up.”

Kenyon Martin, ladies and germs!

There’s no doubt that Cleveland and L.A. are facing a monumental challenge in the conference finals, but for a guy whose team has only beaten its opponent a grand total of once in the last two decades of postseason play to be making guarantees … that’s a bit bold, no?

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  • http://slam warr


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

    And Trina is making things interesting. Ho, no! [ht: Justin Walsh]

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    K-Mart is out of his mind.

  • Babygab

    Let’s get diiiirty ! This serie is gonna be a war I guarantee lmao !!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    ‘go play nba live.’ ha!

  • The Starks Knight

    KMart just took the kiss of death from his neck and put it on the Thuggets playoff run.

  • Czar Ruke

    Helluva game last night. I sure hope both series go 7 and every game ends like the first 2!

  • jrb

    Kmart is retarded he has absolutely no idea wut hes talkin about. Im callin lakers in 7

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    it doesnt matter about the past.
    this is now.
    and right now the nuggets are playing way better than the lakers.
    so idc if its the 1st win in decades.
    nuggets vs magic final!

  • Tuomas

    I reaaally wish he wouldn’t have said this. You know, if he actually wanted to keep the series competitive.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh my, what a few mini outbursts on the offensive end can do to the cranium after only two games….

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    This will be posted in the Lakers locker room ASAP. Too bad half of the team wont even know what NBA live is.

  • Blue

    That’s dumb

  • Jess..Raps_fan

    haha, well the nuggets are going to ruin the chance of a cavs/lakers finals, but Im with Mo on this one, there is no way orlando can beat the cavs 4 times!…cavs/nuggets final.

  • Lyon

    Although K-Mart can be a moron more often than not, I’m glad he said this. I’m sick of the blatant bias the league, the advertisers (those damn Nike puppet commercials) and the broadcasters (Marv Albert sounded like was gonna cry after the Cavs lost) have been showing for the Cavs and Lakers/LeBron and Kobe. No true competitor would just roll-over and die…defer to ‘popular’ opinion…so I’m glad the Magic and the Nuggets haven’t bought into the hype. Go Billups/Melo & Shard/Superman!

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    Technically he didnt guarantee the nuggets were gunna win the series so this shouldn’t draw too much heat

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

    The real issue here is that Kenyon’s girlfriend apparently knows how Kobe’s @ss tastes. More attention needs to be paid to this. Immediately.

  • http://lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Its sad that you know this Jones. Or awesome.

  • Tuomas

    Reminds me of the time Martin started running his mouth to a group of reporters when the Nugs beat the Spurs to open the first round in ’07. Going 0-4 after that was a nice touch.

  • Rich

    I’ll rather play NBA 2K, better game.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    Ryan: Did kb hook up with trina while he was going out with kenyon already or was this way back?

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Young Chris MP3

    Had The Nuggets not pulled a Dirk in game 1, I would cosign dude right now, but series is tied. Unless they win both in Denver, his team still has a tendency to lose composure.

  • Tommy Patron

    Mutoni, Where are these germs you keep talking about?

  • tenorca

    Neck Lips had some serious stone hands last night. He looked like Kwame out there.

  • Flash

    they did get homecort advantage didnt they? so why hate?

  • Marcel Mutoni

    stay classy, trina: mediatakeout.com/2009/32927-explosive_trina_claims_in_rap_song_that_she_used_to_sleep_with_kobe__while_he_was_married_to_vanessa.html

  • http://www.dotmatrixproject.com sean coon

    k-mart has been to the finals twice and he was the heart and soul of those efforts. he simply said that he’s leaving it all on the court and not handing the lakers the western championship.

    wtf is wrong with that?

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  • Khalid Salaam

    btw, the nike puppet commercials with kobe and lebron are totally uninspiring and over the top with the corniness….i’d def like to see kobe win another ring but i’m not pressed. what I really want is for the refs to start doing their jobs with a higher level of competency. RIGHT NOW.

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

    Mutoni with the link. If it’s on mediatakeout, it HAS to be true!

  • matt d

    I love those puppet commercials. Uninspiring, maybe, but they’re fun. I don’t need any more inspiring for the playoffs.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    hey babe, can you release a song next week talking about how you were doin’ kobe? thanks.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    WHAAAT? Kobe and Trina?

  • Mike

    You know what happens to guys to make predictions. Especially an unproven role play’n tattooed thug who can’t shoot a decent jump shot. Yes, the Kobe vs. Lebron is over hyped. But, they are respectively the two best players in the NBA. Magic vs. Bird. Jordan vs. everyone. That’s what fans and people pay to see. The media is feeding the hype. That is what has created the over confidence. You can’t listen to the critics and and just need to play the game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose


  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Did he stutter? Oh, that’s right, he probably did.

  • ciroqobama

    Where the F is this alleged “guarantee” ?

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

    Russ is mean.

  • Coach Master

    I guarantee that Kmart would whop Cuban’s fat azz.

  • RM

    that wasn’t really a guarantee.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    That was wack, Russ. I bet you’d say that to his face.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    And, I don’t hear an explicit guarantee here. Oh wait, it a Mutoni post, so the title has to be misleading.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Right! God forbid I make a light-hearted joke about an issue Kenyon himself talks about. Kenyon stutter, not funny. Kobe rapist, hilarious! Glad I know the boundaries of good taste now.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    ” I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
    Sounds kinda guaranteeish to me.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    he only said “i’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen” but he didn’t say how. that doesn’t mean the nuggs have to advance. he can like, drive a bus and run the lakers over. or maybe go to a cavs/magic game and start a riot that cause Lebron to, you know, not play.
    so yeah this is way more sinister than you think.

  • stryfee

    ill play 2K9

  • h-bomb

    Look K-mart is saying what he is supposed to say, did you expect him to say that they will lose? I’m a laker fan and I feel my lakera have a fight in their hands. Hopefully we can prevail in the end.

  • h-bomb

    Look K-mart is saying what he is supposed to say, did you expect him to say that they will lose? I’m a laker fan and I feel my lakera have a fight in their hands. Hopefully we can prevail in the end.

  • http://slamonline.com DONONE


  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    People hate Kobe, anything goes with him.
    Khalid, I like those puppet commercials, they make me laugh.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    but for a guy whose team has only beaten its opponent a grand total of once in the last two decades of postseason play to be making guarantees … that’s a bit bold, no?…………………..since when does kenyon rep all of nuggs history??? i seem to remember him in the finals two years in a row. before all the surgeries, kenyon did things that would make amare blush.

  • Harlem_World

    Kha, the “$20 dollar Chinese food” puppet commercial had a couple funny lines. At least for me. The other ones are trying too hard.

  • http://slamonline.com James the balla

    I dun lik Chinese food, I likz burrggeer. BIIGGGGG MAAAACCCCCCCC weeee! Mikcceyy I com to get biiiiig maaac@!

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  • LeoneL


  • http://www.yahoo.com Royal

    The NBA ……..Where Dumb ass statements happen

  • ab_40

    uhm he guarantees his team and orlando will do everything about that lakers cavs finals. he never says we’re gonna beat the lakers. man you folks are dumb and love to take a little quote like this way out of proportion and well make some cash of of it.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Royal

    “Everyone just thought us and and Orlando were going to go down so they can play. But that ain’t going to happen. I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen. Go play NBA Live if you want to see that match-up.”That sounds he is saying they are going to beat the lakers.But hey it might just be me over reacting(hints im a die-hard laker fan)

  • http://www.yahoo.com Royal

    “That sounds Like”

  • Esco

    That sounds like they’re not going to give up just so the League can have its La – Cle finals. I guess he is trying to say that they will put up a fight and try to win, but they won’t lay down. I don’t see a guarantee where he says “I guarantee we will beat the Lakers in 5 games!”. This whole thing is just stupid. I don’t see Kenyon giving up and saying, “The Lakers are the better team, we’re just trying to keep them in shape so that when they get to the finals, they haven’t been resting too long.”

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    Are u people retarded?!? the man said EVERYONE THOUGHT WE WERE GUNA GO DOWN SO THEY COULD PLAY. THAT AINT GUNA HAPPEN. this means that the Nuggets and the Magic arn’t gonna lay down and let the Cavs and Lakers win, they’re guna fight. Is a playoff team supposed to give uop on a series after the first two games? NO

  • http://www.myspace.com/weezyleezy337 weezy f. leezy

    k-mart the enforcer! im sure melo likes hearin this

  • J Dizzle

    Sorry Kenyon, better luck next time! Nuggets are a bunch of chokers, none of them are ready for the big time games like the Lakers are. What happened in Game 3? I know Kobe loves close wins in Denver, and I know the fans hate it. Haha enjoy watching the Nuggets for the last time in Denver in game 4, too. They aren’t winning another in this series.

  • bill breedley

    one thing about guaransheeds, they tend to not be fulfilled.

    great gut it out game by kobe, pau and trevor. big game. melo’s got to step up and play like he did in game 1 and 2. avoid the fouls and nuggets will be deadlier. great game! great series. props to the bird man

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    Fans like Jdizzle are so pathetic. ur team loses, u shut up, when ur team wins u wanna hype up. NEWS FLASH buddy, Nuggets arnt supposed to be here in the first place. Lakers, however< are the favorites and it would be a HUGE dissapointment if u don;t considering they’re height, talent, and having arguably the best coach ever. and its not like u destroyed us. 2 inbounds passes gone right and the Nuggets lead the series 3-0

  • J Dizzle

    MeloMan, they aren’t supposed to be here? Don’t play the sympathy card. They are a number 2 seed. The way the Hornets played against them, and the fact that they played DALLAS in the second round, they had BETTER be in the Western Conference finals. Thanks for the “news flash,” sorry Melo isn’t quite the player Kobe is. Get over it and your 2 in bounds passes. Everyone says that’s why they lost game 1, that’s bull. Lakers had the lead, and there’s no way you can prove the Nuggets would’ve made a shot or that the Lakers would’ve had time for a buzzer beater. So it’s not 3-0 and it will never be. It’s 2-1 and probably not coming back to Denver. Enjoy the last 2 games of the season and get off antony’s nuts.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Royal

    MeloMan13:IF the refs would have called Melo for pushing Ariza down after the jump ball in game two then the Lakers will be up 3-0
    PS: Please stop letting Carmelo tea-bag you,its kinda ruining your reputation

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @J Dizzle: Whos comparing Melo to Kobe? cuz ur argument clearly isn’t with me. and tell me right now that at the begining of the season, heck, even at the beginning of the playoffs u thought the nuggets were getting to the WCF. yea thats right, u can’t. And to be honest, Lakers DO have the most talent, they DO have the best coach, they ARE alot bigger, and they ARE also alot more experienced. If u guys don’t win, its an epic failure for both the Lakers and ur poor kobe.

    @Royal: WHAT are u talking about?? Ariza fell down for no reason. no one pushed him or anything. thats just u tryna justify the fact that a touch of the hand on any La player is a foul

    and both of u: ok, my name is Meloman, i get why u would think im jokin him so hard. but if ur brain isn’t too cramped to read over my last post, then do that, because I’m lookin at it right now and have not seen a single mention of Melo. Both of u guys are just mad cuz u’ve never supported a team or player for more then a few months, and its obvious that ure both BANDWAGONNERSS

  • CDef28

    MeloMan I fully expected the Nuggets to make the WCF. But Carmelo did not push Ariza down. Lakers are just soft. Kobe is being Kobe and that’s why they are up.

  • J Dizzle

    MeloMan. They are both the biggest stars on their respective teams, everyone is comparing them. Sorry to go off topic from you though. You’re right, at the beginning of the season I didn’t see it happening. But coming into the playoffs the Nuggets had a better record than the lakers did by a couple games after acquiring Billups. It was no surprise to me that they made it here. It would be a surprise if they won. Yea it would be an epic failure for the Lakers, but we’ll see if that’s what happens. Don’t mean to get so heated, we’re obviously both big fans of our clubs. Looking forward to the rest of the series, I know you and everyone else is too. And I’m far from a Bandwangonner. I’ve lived in the LA area my whole life and have always repped the purple and gold. Long time die hard fan here, shouldn’t make assumptions man.

  • http://slamonline.com Nw09

    Why isn’t the recap of game 3 up yet? Lol!!

  • bill breedley

    because the writers rest on weekends bro.

    off night for melo after the 1st quarter but the boy has seriously grown up in these playoffs. he is just a shade below bron right now overall, but his better shooting touch will eventually make him at par with bron who is never going to be as reliable from outside

  • http://www.yahoo.com Royal

    Bandwagoner noooooooooooooooooooooooo I never thought anyone would ever call me that.(sheds a tear)

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @j dizzle: its all good bruh. this is what playoff basketball is all about

  • Jeter

    Denver takes this on the home floor on Game 6.

  • http://twitter.com/swaggaprod CP34MVP

    I Want To See KEnyon Martin Get Teabagged when Kobe Dunks .. Wow. Is That To Graphic?

  • Dave

    The NBA Press Corp. Where wildly reinterpreting soundbites to spice up boring post-game interviews happens. All the f^&*ing time.

  • Dave

    Foul on Russ for bagging a dude with a stutter.
    Three point play to Russ, pointing out hypocrisy.

  • The Promise

    Well, no need to guarantee, cause if they dont win tonight, the series is over. L.A. is a very good team, and its gonna be hard for anybody to beat them. I’m rooting for Denver, since I’m always an underdog guy, and I’m not the biggest Laker fan ever..

  • http://Pnpfamilyplaycenter.com Wanu

    his statement also says that orlando is gonna win too

  • George B

    fight before you fall