Knicks Rumors: NY Must Pass on Kenyon Martin Due to Character Concerns

David DanielsSenior Writer IAugust 13, 2012

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Kenyon Martin isn’t the same player who threw down alley-oop after alley-oop from Jason Kidd on the New Jersey Nets.

He isn’t even the same solid role player that he was on the Denver Nuggets. At 34 years old, the once spring-loaded K-Mart is a shell of his former self. And with Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas already in the fold, the New York Knicks don’t need Martin’s poor attitude on their bench.

At this point in his career, he isn’t worth it.

Jared Zwerling of ESPN linked the Knicks to Martin this past weekend. He tweeted:

 

The Lakers are pursuing Kenyon Martin. The Knicks are likely too. But will he sign for the vet min? He makes a lot of sense for both teams.

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 11, 2012

 

Just. Say. No.

According to 82games.com, Martin was outplayed by opposing power forwards by a PER differential of 4.3 this past season. His impressive production once made up for his attitude problems, but not anymore.

Last year, Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Martin and Los Angeles Clippers teammate Reggie Evens were beefing. That's not what New York needs—bench players making news for off-the-court issues.

Like the Knicks’ PR staff doesn’t already have its hands full.

Before the 2012 campaign even began, Martin could be found calling out his haters on Twitter in a way only his elegant mind could conjure up.

These aren’t freak incidents of Martin having a bad day or two either.

This is the same guy who’s gotten into who knows how many scuffles either physically—Corey Maggette and Tracy McGrady—or verbally—Mark Cuban (WARNING: Excessive Profanity).

Back in 2006, he was suspended indefinitely by the Nuggets for “conduct detrimental to the team.” And that was when Martin was actually useful.

Now, while his fights and flagrant fouls make him seem like a thug, Martin’s rap sheet is crystal clean. He isn’t a criminal. He’s just not the brightest bulb in the box.

He once made fun of Alonzo Mourning for his life-threatening kidney disease. More recently, he signed a contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers to pay the bills during last summer’s lockout. As ESPN’s John Hollinger put it, “He might have wanted to Google ‘Xinjiang unrest’ before he did that. Let's just say he'll have an interesting time over there.”

With characters like Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith already on the squad, New York doesn’t need another catastrophe waiting to happen in Martin—especially because, unlike Melo and Smith, his on-court value is minimal.

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.