Sunday 03rd March 2024,
The Hoop Doctors

Kevin Martin Vows to be ‘Better than Ever’

Kevin Martin with the Sacramento Kings was one of the top scoring guards in the league. Even with his odd mechanics on his shot, he was lethal from mid to long range. But then he was traded to the Houston Rockets, and things just haven’t played out the same since. Dealing with rehab from nagging injuries, and now having to deal with talk of a possible move to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, has the guard promising his career best play on the court if the Rockets decide to keep him…

Having heard the speculation that the Rockets would be interested in acquiring Carmelo Anthony and knowing such a deal might have to include him, Martin made an offer to at least look the part.

“If Houston wants Carmelo that bad,” Martin said, “on Halloween, if I’m still here, I’ll dress up as Carmelo.”
Martin said that even without the Anthony get-up, he will bear only a vague resemblance to the player who finished last season with the Rockets.

“I’ll be very different,” Martin said. “I’ll be back to my pre-wrist-injury form. I’m feeling better, more like I was before the injury. That was the main goal, to get back there. My goal when I got traded was to fit in with a great group of guys, not try to be that person that came in here thinking he was going to take every shot. That fitting-in phase is definitely over. Now I’m ready to get back to being myself.

“Nobody has seen the real me yet. I’m ready to take off.”

Martin was the Rockets’ leading scorer, averaging 21.3 points, in his 24 games following the trade-deadline deal that sent Carl Landry to Sacramento and Tracy McGrady to New York. He had missed 32 games with the Kings because of a hairline fracture in his left wrist, then struggled when he returned.

He also missed five games with the Rockets because of a left shoulder sprain and was inconsistent down the stretch, going from a three-point night in his first game back to a 39-point outing in his return to Sacramento.

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