Kenyon Martin is Desperate and Angry for an NBA Job

by November 05, 2012

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.'”