Knicks Rumors: New York Would Be Wise to Sign Kenyon Martin

David DanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 17:   Kenyon Martin #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 17, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Kenyon Martin’s greatest value to the New York Knicks wouldn’t be his stat line.

While N.Y. is thin in the frontcourt with Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby battling the injury bug, Martin would only aid the Knicks rotation until those two are able to suit up. But Martin can be more than a temporary fix in the Big Apple, even if he sits the bench.

K-Mart has an attitude. And while many NBA teams would want to avoid such an addition, Martin’s hot-headed tendencies would fit in perfectly with the mental makeup of the club.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier this week that the Knicks were interested in the 35-year-old power forward. But Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported on Friday that Knicks head coach Mike Woodson shot down the rumor, saying, “That’s new news to me. That’s (media) speculation.”

Woodson should embrace the media’s speculation, though, and encourage the front office to acquire Martin. He’d make New York the meanest team in the NBA. And looking back at the past few teams to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy, there’s a correlation between winning and aggression.

The Miami Heat and their woe-is-me attitude were en route to fall short of expectations for the second straight season until Danny Granger lit a fire under LeBron James, who played like a raging animal the rest of the postseason.

The year before, one could make the case that DeShawn Stevenson got in the Heat’s head with his endless trash talk. And it wasn’t until Dirk Nowitzki called out Jason Terry that the Jet got ticked off enough to show up in the Finals, sparking the Dallas Mavericks to victory.

And if Kevin Garnett didn’t physically and verbally abuse Pau Gasol in the 2008 NBA Finals, who knows if the Spaniard would’ve ever manned up and got mean enough to anchor the Los Angeles Lakers’ back-to-back title runs.

Martin, Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Rasheed Wallace are bad dudes (see links). And I mean that in a good way.

Throw those guys on the same squad, and the Knicks would have their toughest team since John Starks, Anthony Mason and Charles Oakley called Madison Square Garden home.


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