Kevin Martin’s Return Isn’t Exactly Helping

by January 18, 2010

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.”‘