In an interview with HoopsHype, former New York Knick Kenyon Martin endorsed Carmelo Anthony finishing his career on an NBA team.
During the 2012-2013 season, the New York Knicks had the city on fire, and veteran Kenyon Martin was a fan favorite. Now, as a head coach in the BIG3, Martin sat down with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. He gave his two cents on Carmelo Anthony along with plenty of other topics.
Martin, who played with Melo in both Denver and New York, discussed his time with the 10-time All-Star.
“My experience with Melo was cool because I understand Melo,” Martin said. “I understand basketball, I understand people and I understand situations, so my with Melo experience was fine. Can he still help an NBA team? Of course.”
Martin was also direct when asked his opinion about Anthony’s recent interview with Stephen A. Smith.
“He shouldn’t have done it with Stephen A. Smith, especially after what he’s had to say [about Carmelo]. If you’re opening your mouth and saying negative things about me – whether that’s your opinion or not – [I’m not doing that interview]. Keep it to yourself. I just think Stephen A. speaks about situations that have nothing to do with him. Melo took the high road. He’s a better man than me in that situation.”
Of course, Martin is referencing Anthony’s candid interview where he addressed comments made by trainer Chris Brickley and former teammate Chauncey Billups. Melo took ownership of some of his selfish tendencies as a younger player, pushed back against the idea of a “farewell tour” and openly expressed his desire to play in the NBA.
Martin, as a respected member of the NBA community, is just another name added to the list of both current and former players that have voiced their support for the three-time Olympic Gold medalist. Yet, with training camps set to start within a month, the likelihood that Melo is on an opening night roster is looking less likely.