Former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin’s brash reasoning behind fighting in basketball
Kenyon Martin was known for being quite the enforcer in the league back in the day. The former NBA All-Star made a name for himself as one of the toughest and fiercest competitors whenever he stepped foot on a basketball court.
Recently, the 42-year-old shared his thoughts on how the sport has evolved and if he could still suit up and play in a rather “soft” modern-day NBA setting.
“Now, refs will call a flagrant foul for something that would’ve just been a foul 10-15 years ago. If I played in today’s NBA, I would probably lead the league in ejections!” Martin said in his piece for basketballnews.com.
It’s no question that the game has changed since the time Martin played in the league. The game has slowly shifted from a slower, yet more physical, pace to a faster and more fluid game. This, per Martin, has been tough to watch at times.
For Kenyon Martin, the change has been inevitable and he sees the NBA and its players continuing to adapt. It’s just a bit tough for him to fathom how everything is so different now compared to the days when players were allowed to be physical to a certain extent.
“If someone is being disrespectful, at the drop of a dime, I’ll slap the shit out of them. Years from now, I’ll forget about those three games I missed due to suspension, but you’re going to remember the time Kenyon Martin slapped the shit out of you.” he wrote.
At the end of the day, Martin is just happy this shift didn’t happen when he still in the league. Now that he’s ushering his son KJ Martin who will officially enter the league as a rookie for the Houston Rockets, he’s confident that players will adapt and adjust accordingly.