K-Mart: Season with Clippers “Humbled Me”
Kenyon Martin played on Nets teams that took pleasure out of beating the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Now he’s trying to help the Knicks stay ahead of the Nets in the standings while proving he can still play.
Martin, 35, has no doubt he can, although NBA teams shut the door on the first pick of the 2000 draft until the Knicks signed him to a 10-day contract Saturday. The 6-9, 240-pound forward made his Knicks debut Wednesday night at the Garden and it didn’t start well, as he had no points or rebounds and was minus-10 in five first-half minutes in a 109-105 win over the Warriors.
“I’m just going to be me,” Martin said. “If what I do merits for me to be here the rest of the year, then I will be. And if not, then I won’t. But I think the way my game is and the way I play, I’ll let my play speak for itself.”
“It humbles you,” Martin said. “I know it humbled me. I can’t speak on the next man. I didn’t think I played all that bad last year with the Clippers, helped them get out of the first round, was a major part of that. Stranger things have happened.
“It was something that was unexpected, of course, took the time to get my mind around it. I went through every emotion — mad, sad, upset, confused. You name it, I went through it.”