Kenyon Martin spent parts of the past two seasons with the Knicks and could not have imagined they would be in the position they're in right now.
But Martin, who reunited with Jason Kidd last week by signing a 10-day contract with the Bucks, said the Knicks lack talent and he feels for his friend and former teammate Carmelo Anthony.
"Certain talent level is not there, across the board," Martin said after the Bucks practiced at O2 Arena on Wednesday. "Of course you have certain guys. But I think that's why they had to make the moves that they made. They got to try to change a few things up because this season is a loss for them, which is unfortunate.
"You hate to see a close friend go through something like that, what he's going through, which he definitely wasn't expecting coming off signing a deal and them trying to get back to where we were two years ago. It's definitely frustrating for him. I know it. You as competitive as he is and you got the injury, people chat and all that stuff. It just makes it all that worse for him. What the future holds for that organization, we'll see."
The Knicks signed Martin late in the 2012-13 season when they were en route to 54 wins. He played 50 games total in his two seasons, and underwent ankle surgery last May. He said he wouldn't have been ready for training camp, but he knew he would be able to keep playing.
The Knicks could use his presence and toughness, but he was never on their radar.
"You got to ask them that," Martin said. "They made their decision. So it is what it is. I moved on. I don't hold no grudges or nothing like that. I thought it'd been a little different. But it is what it is. I'm not bitter.
"I guess they didn't need my services anymore. I guess they didn't want the old guy around."
Kidd, a major part of that 54-win team, believes the Knicks will turn it around
"Everybody goes through the process," he said. "They got a great coach in [Derek Fisher]. They're going to get some talent. They made some changes to the roster. They're in the process of getting in new faces, getting healthy - they're going to be fine. They're in good hands."