Kenyon Martin enjoyed his best years with Jason Kidd on the Nets. Martin was the enforcer and a main defensive presence on the Nets’ back-to-back NBA Finalist teams in 2002 and 2003.
Martin was happy to play with Kidd again this past season with the Knicks. Kidd announced his retirement Monday. Here’s Martin’s reaction:
“One of the best teammates I have had in the league as well as a true friend,” Martin said through an email from his agency. “Someone who I have always looked up to and has been there for me throughout my career even when I wasn't playing on the same team with him.
“He made me a better player and taught me as well as others in this league how to play basketball the right way. His accomplishments go without saying, Glad I was able to reunite with him in New York this last year of his career and I wish him the best and much success in whatever the next stage of his life brings.
"The game will surely miss him.”
Martin is a free agent and has said he would like to return to the Knicks. They could use his defense and toughness. But Martin might be sought-after by playoff teams following his performance with the Knicks late in the season and playoffs.