Kenyon Martin announced his retirement after a 15-year NBA career on Thursday, giving a heartfelt statement to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears:
“It’s been a great 15 years,” Martin, 37, told Yahoo Sports. “Thanks to all the fans that supported me over the years. But a time does come when you have to walk away, and the time is now for me. I’m ready for the next chapter of my life. I would like to thank the Nets, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and Bucks for the opportunity to play the game that I love.
“It’s been real. Thanks for the love.”
Martin, 37, was the No. 1 pick in the 2000 Draft to the New Jersey Nets despite breaking his leg in his final college season at Cincinnati. The rugged forward may have never really lived up to his draft status, but he enjoyed a solid career and played on some very good teams, spending the majority of his career with the Denver Nuggets. He made one All-Star Game and played in two NBA Finals with the Nets.
Martin played briefly for the Milwaukee Bucks this past season, but his career ended in February when the Bucks waived him after he completed a second 10-day contract.
Martin finished his career with averages of 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in 757 games.