Kenyon Martin on Lakers' Carmelo Anthony Playing Against His Son: 'It Was Dope'

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVNovember 6, 2021

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)    Carmelo Anthony #7 and Kenyon Martin #3 of the New York Knicks in action against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on March 31, 2013 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Celtics 108-89. 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 Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Former NBA star Kenyon Martin enjoyed seeing his son, Kenyon Martin Jr., go up against one of his former teammates recently.

When asked about Martin Jr. and the Rockets facing Carmelo Anthony and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday and Tuesday, K-Mart told TMZ Sports: "It was dope. Strange feeling at first but testament to Melo for one. ... His longevity in his craft. Still playing at a high level."

Martin, 43, spent 15 seasons in the NBA from 2000 to 2015, playing for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks.

The former University of Cincinnati standout was the No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft and went on to be a one-time All-Star.

Melo, 37, is in the midst of his 19th NBA season and his first with the Lakers after previous stints as a member of the Nuggets, Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.

Anthony and Martin spent six-plus seasons as teammates in Denver and later reunited in New York for two more seasons.

Martin Jr. was just a toddler when his father and Melo played together for the first time, and now he is going head-to-head with one of the NBA's all-time-great scorers.

The younger Martin was a second-round pick in the 2020 draft out of high school by the Sacramento Kings, and he has spent the past two seasons with the Rockets.

If Martin Jr. enjoys an NBA career as long as Melo's or even his father's, he has at least a decade left in the league and plenty of opportunities to leave his mark.