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K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

Posted on: October 1, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 11:01 am
Posted by Royce Young

People can interpret Kenyon Martin's statement yesterday about his contract situation two ways. Either he's taking his time coming back because it's a contract year and he wants to be healthy or he's taking his time because he's peeved and it's a pseudo holdout.

Oh yeah, it would probably help if you knew what he said. He told the Denver Post, "I'm not rushing whatsoever. The day I come back is the day I come back," he said. "Think about it: Ain't nobody in a hurry to give me a contract, so why would I be in a hurry to rush back and risk further injury? Makes all the sense in the world, right? Trust me, I've thought about it plenty."

If you're asking my thoughts on this and I know you're not, it sounds to me like he's miffed about his contract situation so he decided to throw a little fit. Yeah Kenyon, don't play and gripe publically about it. That'll show 'em!

Of course Martin wants to be extended, but think about where the Nuggets are coming at this from. They're trying to trade Carmelo Anthony to start a rebuilding process. Martin is 32 years old and has battled knee and leg issues since he came into the league. Heck, he's battling another knee injury right now and that's why he's out. So why on earth would he think it's unreasonable for the Nuggets not to extend him? It would be crazy if they did.

Martin made sure he let people know he wasn't happy though. "I feel me being here and what I've done for this (team) . . . (an offer) would have at least been extended, and it wasn't," Martin told reporters. "I don't know who made that decision, but the decision was made. And I ain't happy. They know it. Everybody knows it."

Yep, everybody knows it now for sure. But I don't think it's helping things at all.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2010 8:35 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

Who on earth would give that guy an extension?

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2010 5:25 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

Really bad form Kenyon Martin.  The Nuggets gave you a max deal when you entered the free agent market.  You quit on us in the playoffs against the Clippers in 2006.  I also won't deny that you played very well during the first half of the Nuggets' season last year, but it came at the least important time and then you got hurt.  If you want to stay and play with Carmelo Anthony, if by some chance he decides to stay, you better get ready to take a huge pay cut because we are not going to be paying $16 million a year for you to be hurt a quarter, or more, of each season.  If you want to try and land a big contract, then work hard to get back up and put up some serious numbers and effort this season.  I think your time in Denver may be nearly done and you are worth more as an expiring contract than you are as a player.  Prove us wrong!

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2010 2:50 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

As a nuggets fan I just can't stand this clown... He sucks and has been injured half the time with the team..  His only good years came when he was playing with Jason Kidd and that is anicient history.  He is now nothing but a distraction and only makes news when he shows his ass about twice a year. 

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:37 am

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

if he were a race horse he would have been put down years ago. his bad attitude and constant injuries along with his age make him expandable. he is a nice high energy guy with something to offer in limited minutes when he is healthy(not very often). if the nuggets lose melo they dont need this thug around to infest some of the younger players they will bring in to start over. trade him now if you can or let him go, good riddance.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2010 6:10 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

Isn't this the only leverage he has. He probably isn't going to get a contract offer, period, from the Nuggets. If it wasn't for Jason Kidd making him look like a superstar in Jersey he would'nt have gotten that juicy payday. Now he a broken down mid-level exemption kinda guy. I'd trade him or release him if they could, deal Anthony for something, anything, and start moving forward. This team the way it stands right now isn't going to contend in the west, and even if it does has no hope of beating the Lakers. Start the remolding and come back stronger in a couple of years.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2010 5:08 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

Oh man!  Was that the sound of 29 NBA owners' wallets opening?  The Nugs better hurry and extend him now before someone else does!  Any other team would love a guy like this.

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2010 4:40 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

I remember KMart fondly for his days with the Nets. His fire and defense were key to back-to-back NBA Finals runs by Jersey. The subsquent sign-and-trade to Denver was difficult too. New Jersey wasn't a contender from that point on.

But time has told the tale that KMart isn't worth the max contract Denver signed him to, nor the first round picks they sent to Jersey (Nets got Vince Carter with those draft picks).

Get lost KMart!

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:56 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

I'm with that K-Mart does have value to the Nuggets for his defense and rebounding, but for the amount he's been paid by them it would have been nice if he'd put some effort into developing any kind of offensive game.  Hell, even Mr. No Offense Marcus Camby eventually became a credible (but not great) threat from the corners of the box. 

The reason K-Mart won't get an extension is that if (more likely when) Melo leaves, then the Nuggets will be in rebuilding mode and you don't rebuild around aging defenders with poor knees.  His $16 million contract will provide fine cap relief for rebuilding when it ends this year.  All he's done with this rant is take potential dollars out of any contract a future employer might offer him.  To a team close to a championship, K-Mart would be an excellent lunch pail guy off the bench.  But, at best, he's likely to get a $3 million one-year contract from such a team.  And, by displaying such an attitude, any championship contender will have to weigh whether they want to risk his attitude ruining their chemistry. 

He's really quite delusional if he expects to be paid anything close to what he gets now.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:08 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

Not to say that I like Kenyon Martin, but you all dont understand his value to the team quite that well.  His value is more to do with Defense and tenacity than points.  He defends well and can get some blocks/steals.   Scoring 11ppg as basically a 5th option is that bad to be honest.   Last year he avg 11.5 and over 9 boards, and 2 assists per game plus over a block and steal.  He can score on the break, get offensive boards and score off them as well.  He is not worth what he got paid on his last contract, but WAS valuable when healthy on the nuggetts.  Do not discount his athleticism

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2010 1:35 pm

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

George Karl needs this mart& melo-drama like he needs a hole his head. This can't be good for his recovery. Now KMart is stressing him out too. For another good read check out:


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