Kenyon Martin played college basketball for the Cincinnati Bearcats and was named the national college player of the year during his senior season.
28 Facts About Kenyon Martin
Kenyon Martin was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on December 30,1977, to Lydia Moore, a single mother of two.
Shortly after, the family moved south to the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, where Kenyon Martin's mother worked two jobs.
Later, Kenyon Martin was often watched by his sister while their mother worked.
Kenyon Martin attended three high schools in four years, but he sought refuge in sports, playing basketball, baseball, and football.
Kenyon Martin graduated from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas in 1996.
Kenyon Martin went to the University of Cincinnati and played for the Cincinnati Bearcats under the direction of head coach Bob Huggins.
Kenyon Martin was homesick early in his freshman year and actually took a bus back home to Dallas.
However, Kenyon Martin suffered a broken leg three minutes into the Bearcats' first game of the Conference USA Tournament, keeping him out of the NCAA Tournament that year.
Kenyon Martin was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished second in voting for NBA Rookie of the Year.
The next year, Kenyon Martin averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks en route to his first NBA All-Star selection, as a backup forward for the Eastern Conference All-Stars.
Kenyon Martin later admitted that he had made a mistake and apologized to Mourning.
Kenyon Martin now participates in Mourning's annual charity basketball game.
On November 15,2006, after playing two regular season games, Kenyon Martin underwent his second knee operation in less than two years.
Kenyon Martin is believed to be the first NBA player to have, and to return from, microfracture surgery on both knees.
Kenyon Martin was fined $15,000 by the NBA when, during the third quarter of a 2006 game against the Chicago Bulls, Kenyon Martin as well as some of his friends got into a verbal altercation with some fans.
Kenyon Martin was cautioned to no longer bring his entourage to games.
Kenyon Martin became an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2011; however, due to the 2011 NBA lockout, he opted to sign a one-year contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
On December 24,2011, Kenyon Martin was released from the club so that he could "take care of family affairs".
Kenyon Martin was initially not allowed to return to the NBA until the Flying Tigers' season ended on February 15,2012, if not later due to the 2012 CBA Playoffs.
On February 3,2012, Kenyon Martin signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.
On February 21,2013, Kenyon Martin agreed to join the New York Knicks on a 10-day contract, which reunited him with Jason Kidd.
On January 9,2015, Kenyon Martin signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
On July 3,2015, Kenyon Martin announced his retirement from professional basketball.
Kenyon Martin is the half-brother of former Colorado Buffaloes shooting guard Richard Roby.
Kenyon Martin is the cousin of Robert "50" Martin of AND1 Mixtape Tour fame.
In 2019, Kenyon Martin requested that his child support obligations be reduced to reflect his lower income since the end of his NBA career.
Kenyon Martin stated that his current obligations, which included paying his ex-wife Heather $3,000 per month in child support, plus "additional child support" of $7,000 per month in credit card bills, a new car for Heather every three years and private school fees for the children, were no longer affordable.