Kenyon Martin Proving His Worth for Knicks
Somewhere on Thursday night, Knicks GM Glen Grunwald was smiling while watching the Knicks nearly knock off the 2012 Western Conference champions at the Garden.
On one end of the sideline, there was Ronnie Brewer riding the Thunder bench the entire game. On the other end, there was Kenyon Martin – the player Grunwald signed after trading Brewer — playing a season-high in minutes (17) in a blue-and-orange uniform after signing a second 10-day contract this week. And he made the most of them.
After tonight, Martin likely earned his full-season stay on the team for how he defended Kevin Durant, trapped in the half court and switched on the perimeter, helping to clog Russell Westbrook’s airspace. Westbrook finished the second half only 1-for-9 from the field.
Postgame, Woodson and the players raved about Martin’s energy, toughness and leadership.
“That’s what he brings to the table,” the coach said. “That’s what Rasheed and Camby bring to the table, Kurt. Those guys are old-school guys. They don’t believe in guys coming to the rim and getting layups. So as we move up this road, Kenyon is going to be a factor for us defensively. That’s why we are keeping him around on our ball club.”