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AesopRockOn
11-15-2006, 08:29 PM
Knee surgery benches Nuggets' Martin for season

<!-- end pagetitle --><!-- begin bylinebox -->Associated Press
DENVER -- Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2663585) will miss the rest of the season because of a bad right knee.

Martin had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday, and the team said the operation "revealed more significant damage" than originally thought.

Martin has five years and more than $66 million left on his contract. He played in two games this season, averaging 9.5 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nuggets played at Orlando on Wednesday night.

"I just found out," Nuggets player personnel director Mark Warkentien told The Associated Press from Belgrade, Serbia, where he was wrapping up a scouting trip. "I'm still taken aback a little bit and I'll talk to my guys in the morning and assess where we're at."

Martin's agent, Bryan ****, did not immediately return a call.

Martin was limited to a career-low 56 games last season after surgery on his left knee. He was suspended in the playoffs for his tirade at the coaching staff after his playing time was held down against the Los Angeles Clippers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=lac).

He and coach George Karl patched up their relationship, and after training camp Martin declared himself healthy for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee 18 months ago.

He was taped up and ready to play against the New York Knicks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=nyk) on Nov. 8 when a team doctor went into the locker room minutes before tip-off and sent him for tests on his swollen right knee.

"Right now I'm at a loss for words, you know what I'm saying? I worked my butt off in training camp. For this to happen now, I'm down in the dumps," Martin told The Associated Press that night after an MRI revealed another surgery was necessary.

Martin said he had no idea how or when he hurt his right knee but was hoping to miss only one or two months, not the whole year.

The Nuggets bolstered their front court in the offseason with the addition of Joe Smith (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3003) and Reggie Evans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3663), to go along with the return of Nene.

Eduardo Najera (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3437) said last week that the Nuggets would miss Martin's powerful presence.

"It's very difficult to lose him. He's been a leader and he sets the tone with his aggressive play and personality," Najera said. "It will take some time for us to adjust. ... We all have a chance to get more minutes. Joe hasn't played that many minutes, and Evans hasn't either. I think that Martin is irreplaceable, but combined, all our big guys can do a pretty good job."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press via ESPN.com

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It's really pretty sad considering I actually used to like the guy.

Hopefully, this doesn't get deleted.

spreedom
11-15-2006, 08:38 PM
I remember people CRUCIFYING the Nets organization for supposedly giving him away to the Nuggets (for what ended up being three first-round picks, if I'm not mistaken) but it turns out the Nets made out like bandits on that trade.

skyfire
11-15-2006, 09:48 PM
I remember people CRUCIFYING the Nets organization for supposedly giving him away to the Nuggets (for what ended up being three first-round picks, if I'm not mistaken) but it turns out the Nets made out like bandits on that trade.

I dont, I remember most people laughing at the Nuggets for giving Kenyon a max contract, when he had dodgey knees and was made to look a whole lots better than he actually was playing next to Kidd.

Gyron
11-15-2006, 10:25 PM
I know this isn't a very nice comment and will probably get deleted, but it couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. Dirty, arrogant player....I've always had an extreme dislike for him since he joined the NBA.

Anthem
11-15-2006, 10:30 PM
I dont, I remember most people laughing at the Nuggets for giving Kenyon a max contract, when he had dodgey knees and was made to look a whole lots better than he actually was playing next to Kidd.
Yep, that's how I remember it.

Anthem
11-15-2006, 10:31 PM
Martin's agent, Bryan ****, did not immediately return a call.
That's hilarious.

spreedom
11-15-2006, 10:34 PM
I dont, I remember most people laughing at the Nuggets for giving Kenyon a max contract, when he had dodgey knees and was made to look a whole lots better than he actually was playing next to Kidd.


I didn't remember hearing much about his knees until after the trade was completed, though I could be wrong.

rexnom
11-16-2006, 12:05 AM
I didn't remember hearing much about his knees until after the trade was completed, though I could be wrong.
I remember it like this:
NJ made the mistake of letting him go but the Nuggets overpaid at the same time (kind of like us and Peja)...and then the stuff about his knees came afterwards.

Eindar
11-16-2006, 12:44 AM
So, really, what's the agent's last name?

Naptown_Seth
11-16-2006, 02:52 AM
Now who was it that thought the Pacers brain trust were the only ones that miss on contracts or player choices or injury issues?

Let's not forget the also have Camby, one of the historically most brittle bigs in the game. And of course the latest young talent in the injury league, Nene, who shows plenty of potential to miss huge chunks of seasons. ;)

If I wasn't a Pacers fans I might feel sorry for them, but until I see Edwards as their starting center I don't want to hear one peep outta them. :D

jjbjjbjjb
11-16-2006, 02:58 AM
So, really, what's the agent's last name?

Well, it's, uh... ****. :shrug: Rhymes with "bike".