Via- Yahoo Sports
Kenyon Martin, the No. 1 pick of the 2000 NBA draft, told Yahoo Sports he has retired from playing professional basketball.
Martin scored 9,325 points, grabbed 5,159 rebounds and blocked 864 shots in 757 NBA games over 15 seasons. The athletic 6-foot-9 forward made his lone NBA All-Star appearance in 2004, played in the NBA Finals for the New Jersey Nets in 2002 and ’03 and was known for catching lob passes from former teammate Jason Kidd. Martin also played for the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks from 2000-15.
Martin said he is interested in coaching on the college or NBA level. He also plans to help his 14-year-old son, Kenyon Jr., who is already 6-foot-3½ entering his freshman year at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif., develop into a basketball star.
“I have family time and business ahead,” Martin said. “And if something coaching comes up [basketball-wise], I will consider it. I’m also getting Kenyon, Jr., ready to be the No. 1 pick in a couple of years.”
Allow me to go ahead and put my total lack of NBA knowledge on display for you. I had no idea KMart was still in The League. The guy hasn’t really been on the radar in a couple of seasons and has certainly bounced around The League, nonetheless 15 years in the NBA is one hell of a career worth more dollar signs than me or you will probably ever make in our lifetimes. Martin was pretty solid with the Nets and Nuggets before tailing off a bit with a couple shitty Knicks teams, but everyone around here remembers Kenyon best for his days as a Bearcat under Bob Huggins. To this day, KMart is without doubt the most dominant college basketball player I’ve ever seen and fans still talk about the dreaded Cincinnati “what if” had KMart not broken his leg in that CUSA Tournament game against St. Louis. Who knows what post basketball life will hold for KMart, but it’d be real cool to see Kenyon back involved with UC Basketball in some way shape or form.
*Blows goodbye kiss to Kenyon Martin*
RIP Kenyon Martin’s neck tat.