Kenyon will play for anyone

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012

Now that the NBA season has started and Kenyon Martin is still jobless he’s changing his tune. Not too long ago Martin said he’d play for the league minimum but only for a championship contender. Now he’s telling Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports that he’s willing to play for the league minimum for ANY team.

“If someone calls me tomorrow, I don’t care who it is, whether it’s losing or winning at this point,” Martin said. “If someone calls me tomorrow and wants me to come in, I’m going. Guys are going down and [teams] are like, ‘Well, we are going to stick with what we got.’ I’m like, ‘Really?’ I started questioning myself, ‘Am I that bad of a guy?’ ” (Marc Spears – Yahoo Sports)

I firmly believe Martin will wind up with a team this year, just not sure when. He’s going to have to wait his time though and let the injury bug take it’s toll. Once it does he’ll start getting phone calls and it could very well be a contender.

There’s been plenty of talk over the years about how much of a cancer Martin can be, something he disputes. What player wouldn’t? What’s made me believe him is what Portland GM Neil Olshey told Spears.

Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey was the Clippers GM last season when he signed Martin. He thinks Martin’s intense side can be “misperceived.”

“He demands excellence from everyone around him,” Olshey said. “He expects coaches to be prepared. He expects his teammates to compete at the same high level that he does. The one thing about Kenyon, if guys are not performing and are not as intense or focused on playing winning basketball, he’s not reluctant to let them know about it. And I think that can be misperceived at times.”

“We don’t win the Memphis series [without Martin] and we certainly wouldn’t have finished as high as fifth in the Western Conference without Martin,” Olshey said. “His ability to impact the game by guarding multiple positions, switching pick-and-rolls, blocking shots and protecting the rim was an element we really didn’t have and it made us unique. I was thrilled with Kenyon in Los Angeles. He was a good teammate.” (Marc Spears – Yahoo Sports)

While that’s only one league executive I think that right there is very telling. In my mind that tells me that Martin wants to win, plain and simple. If people aren’t on board with that and giving 110% then he’ll speak up. I’d say there’s nothing wrong with that. It would also explain why he only wanted to go to a contender.

How long do you think it will take for Martin to sign?

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