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Kenyon Martin on Boston not signing him: “It’s their fault”

Mar 27, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

Kenyon Martin, Jonas Valanciunas, Alan Anderson AP

With Kevin Garnett out a couple of weeks dealing with “inflammation” in his ankle, the lack of depth up front for Boston is exposed. It cost them against the Knicks Tuesday night, the fifth straight loss for Boston.

They could have used someone such as New York’s late pickup Kenyon Martin.

But they chose not to go after him, and Martin didn’t mince words after the game, reports Jessica Camerato at

“It’s their fault,” he said following the Knicks 100-85 win. “They lost. There was talks, there was negotiations, they chose not to do it. It was out of my control. I’m a Knick now, so they lost.”

Last summer Martin reportedly wouldn’t accept veteran minimum offers, from the Clippers where he had been or anywhere else, and so he sat on the sidelines. And sat. And sat. Until late in the season talks started with a few teams, but as the Knicks front court became more and more banged up they jumped in and got him on a couple of 10-day contracts then a minimum deal.

Why didn’t the Celtics sign him? Doc Rivers did a little tap dance when WEEI asked him.

“I don’t know,” Rivers said when asked why Martin didn’t wind up with the Celtics. “We looked at all the guys, we were still looking at guards at the time. So we were in no hurry at the time for a big. We were looking for more a big of size, if you know what I mean. And by the time we got around to it, he was gone.”

They sure could use him right about now.

  1. andyhr17 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    He’s not bad, but it always seems he ends up being more of a problem than anything else in the end.

    • bougin89 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      I completely agree. He can be useful at times but he’s not near the player he used to be and he always seems like a malcontent. He never seems to leave on good terms.

  2. boston444 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    He’s right. I wanted the celtics to sign him for the sole fact we can’t rebound. Then we go and sign shavlik randolph? Celtics dropped the ball on this one.

    • money2long - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      he still looks above average athletic for an nba center, he runs the floor, he will play aggressive defense and he doesn’t force shots. and when he does shoot, it’s a high percentage dunk and he’s good at catching lobs. good pick up for ny’s playing style. celtics dropped the ball you’re right, and i think he’s lucky because his style fits more with ny’s pace.

  3. nycalldayz - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Martin seems to have animosity or grudge towards teams that passed on him. Kind of sheds light on his attitude and why teams passed on him including the Celtics. Right now Martin should be humble for being picked up by a team and given the opportunity to play. It’s professional sports, teams have their reasons for passing on players. You might not agree, but u have to be professional about it. But I agree with Kurt. The Celtics dropped the ball not signing Martin or a quality big. The Celtics elected to go small, but they’re too small and now it’s catching up to them.

    The Celtics are just depleted on many levels. Without Garnett, Rondo, Sully or Barbosa I don’t see how this team survives.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      A lot of guys do that with the draft, hold a grudge against teams that didn’t take them.

  4. GT - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Martin is ok, but not a difference maker. This is a molehill.

  5. eugenesaxe - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Why didn’t the Celtics sign him?
    Same reason nobody else wanted to. Dude has a history of pain-in-the-assery.

  6. badintent - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    All he’s done is win since he join the Knicks. Play minutes, play D and board. End of story.Not Doc’s fault, Danny was playing with his G.I. Joe dolls and got distracted.

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