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Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player. Nicknamed "K-Mart", he currently plays power forward for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.

College career

Martin played for the Cincinnati Bearcatsmarker under the direction of Bob Huggins. As a senior, he averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. He was the consensus National Player of the Year, earning numerous awards from various organizations, but suffered a broken leg in the Conference USA Tournament, keeping him out of the NCAA Tournament that year. Cincinnati retired his #4 jersey on April 25, 2000. Later that year, he was selected first overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. Martin is currently the last American-born college senior to have been the top overall pick; the top picks since him consist of three high school players (Kwame Brown, LeBron James and Dwight Howard), one international player with two years of U.S. college experience (Andrew Bogut), two international players with no American college experience (Yao Ming and Andrea Bargnani), two college freshmen (Greg Oden and Derrick Rose) and a college sophomore (Blake Griffin).

Kenyon graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.

NBA career

New Jersey

As a rookie for the New Jersey Nets, Martin brought his trademark intensity to the NBA. Moving from center to power forward, he averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In his second season, Martin averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game in helping the Nets rise from last place in the Atlantic Division to an Eastern Conference title and the best season to date in the Nets' NBA history. Along with Nets stars Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson, Martin led the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers. In his third season Martin again helped his team into the NBA Finals, where the Nets lost in six games against the San Antonio Spurs. The next year, Martin averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks en route to his first NBA All-Star selection, as a backup forward for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. In the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, Martin scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 assists.

Martin and teammate Alonzo Mourning almost fought when Martin mocked Mourning's life-threatening kidney disease. Martin later admitted that he had made a mistake and apologized to Mourning. He received a taste of his own medicine when then Knicks forward Tim Thomas remarked on Martin's speech impediment and eye twitching tic during a game, as well as calling Martin a "fugazi", a slang term for a fake or fraud.

Denver

At the end of the 2003-04 NBA season, Martin was traded to the Denver Nuggets for three future 1st round draft picks in a sign-and-trade deal.

Martin had a solid start to his Nuggets career before off-the-court issues and injuries began to snowball.

Martin played in 70 games during the 2004-2005 season, averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. However, a problem with his knee was detected shortly into the off-season, and on May 16, 2005, Kenyon underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee.

During 2005-2006, Martin missed 26 games due to knee tendinitis, but was able to return in time for the playoffs. However, during that playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Martin was suspended from the Denver Nuggets indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team." During halftime of game two of the first round series, Martin got into an argument with head coach George Karl over his playing time, and proceeded ironically to refuse to play for the second half of the game. During the offseason, Karl and Martin apparently "patched things up."

Believing injuries were behind him, Kenyon and the Nuggets were crushed to learn the swelling now occurring in his right knee would require another microfracture procedure. On November 15, 2006, after playing just two regular season games, Martin underwent his second knee operation in less than two years.

During the third-quarter of a 2006 game against the Chicago Bulls, a fan sitting two rows behind Martin yelled at him, "Suit up, you chump," referring to the fact Martin was in the midst of one of his increasingly frequent stints on the injured reserve and in street clothes behind the Nuggets bench. All accounts indicate that the fan did not use any profanities. At that point, Martin is said to have stood up, pointed at the heckler, and then motioned to one of his 'bodyguards' to go confront the heckling fan, ordering "shut him up". His friend then stood up and yelled at the heckler, "Shut your mouth before we take you outside and beat your ass!." He also apparently screamed at a Nuggets fan named Don Miller--who, along with his teenage son, happened to be sitting next to the heckler--calling him a "fat fucking white boy." Martin was subsequently fined $15,000 and cautioned to no longer bring his entourage to games.

On February 11, 2006, after a Denver win over the Dallas Mavericks, a volatile Martin was involved in a heated and profanity-laced locker room exchange with a local sports radio personality.

To symbolize a fresh and healthy restart to his career, Kenyon changed his uniform number from 6 to the number 4, which he wore in college, for the 2007-2008 season.

The 2008-2009 campaign witnessed a mentally refurbished Kenyon Martin continuing his infamous commitment on the defensive end, helping lead the Nuggets to a franchise record-tying 54-28 record.

Career transactions



Off the court

Martin is the half-brother on his mother's side of former-Colorado Buffaloes standout guard Richard Roby. He is also the cousin of Robert "50" Martin of AND1 Mixtape Tour fame.

Martin is a fan of rapper Trick Daddy. Martin is a father of three children, two sons, Kenyon Jr. and Kamron and a daughter, Cierra Reign. Martin has also been involved in philanthropic activities like donating US $1,000 for each point and blocks in two of his games for the Asian Tsunami relief efforts, buys home game tickets for less financially fortunate fans, and participates in number of campaigns like "Eat Right," "Art of Sport," etc..

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2000–01
New Jersey
68 68 33.4 .445 .091 .630 7.4 1.9 1.1 1.7 12.0
2001–02
New Jersey
73 73 34.3 .463 .224 .678 5.3 2.6 1.2 1.7 14.9
2002–03
New Jersey
77 77 34.1 .470 .209 .653 8.3 2.4 1.3 .9 16.7
2003–04
New Jersey
65 62 34.6 .488 .280 .684 9.5 2.5 1.5 1.3 16.7
2004–05
Denver
70 67 32.5 .490 .000 .646 7.3 2.4 1.4 1.1 15.5
2005–06
Denver
56 49 27.6 .495 .227 .712 6.3 1.4 .8 .9 12.9
2006–07
Denver
2 2 31.5 .500 .000 .250 10.0 .5 .0 .0 9.5
2007–08
Denver
71 71 30.4 .538 .182 .580 6.5 1.3 1.2 1.2 12.4
2008–09
Denver
66 66 32.0 .491 .368 .604 6.0 2.0 1.5 1.1 11.7
Career
548 535 31.9 .483 .230 .648 7.1 2.1 1.3 1.2 14.1
All-Star
1 0 23.0 .800 .000 .500 7.0 3.0 .0 .0 17.0

Playoffs

2001–02
New Jersey
20 20 37.5 .424 .222 .691 5.8 2.9 1.2 1.2 16.8
2002–03
New Jersey
20 20 38.9 .453 .091 .693 9.4 2.9 1.5 1.5 18.9
2003–04
New Jersey
11 11 37.2 .533 .000 .750 11.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 19.1
2004–05
Denver
5 5 32.8 .466 .000 .615 5.6 1.2 1.0 1.0 12.4
2005–06
Denver
2 0 17.5 .308 .000 .500 4.5 .5 2.0 1.0 4.5
2007–08
Denver
4 4 29.5 .441 .000 .625 6.3 1.3 1.0 .5 8.8
2008–09
Denver
16 16 33.6 .497 .200 .657 5.9 2.1 1.1 .9 10.9
Career
78 76 35.8 .461 .133 .694 7.4 2.2 1.2 1.2 15.4

Darrent Williams slaying

On January 1, 2007, Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was murdered after attending a birthday party held for and by Martin. The Hummer limo Williams rode in was riddled with bullets. The shooting was preceded by some type of altercation or argument at the nightclub between Crips gang members (some of whom were attending the party) and a cousin of Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall. A police spokesman said, "There was some confrontation between a group of people in the vehicle and a group at the nightclub." Williams was not involved in the altercation.

References

  1. http://sports-law.blogspot.com/2006/02/kenyon-martin-putting-his-criminal.html
  2. ESPN - Retirement necessary after three-year battle - NBA
  3. Kenyon Martin joins "Sports Legends who Sutter" campaign
  4. Tim Thomas: An Honest Man. [Archive] - Arizona Sports Fans Network
  5. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fugazi
  6. Martin suspended : Nuggets : The Rocky Mountain News
  7. Kenyon Martin needs another knee surgery - USATODAY.com
  8. Surgery benches Martin for season
  9. Sports Law Blog
  10. Dino Costa - Tag Story Index - USATODAY.com
  11. USATODAY.com - Nuggets' Martin exchanges obscenities with reporter
  12. The Denver Post - Martin confident he'll play in opener
  13. Kenyon rebounds from bad knees and bad attitude
  14. Nets Trade Kenyon Martin to Nuggets
  15. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/kenyon_martin/bio.html
  16. ESPN - Williams killed when limo sprayed with bullets - NFL
  17. Broncos' Darrent Williams gunned down in limoThe Denver Post. January 1, 2007.


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