Last season was a very tough year for Kevin Martin. He only appeared in 40 of the possible 66 games in the lockout shortened season. His points per game average dropped by 6 points for starters, but it’s the start of a new season. Martin wants to leave last season behind him and start fresh. He has also made it clear that he wants to remain with the Houston Rockets.
When Martin was asked about the All-Star game returning to Houston: “I hope I’m a Rocket, I hope I’m playing in the game.”
Martin sounds very uncertain and hopeful all at the same time. It’s not unusual for him to feel confused since he was once traded only for it to be declined by Commissioner David Stern. All last season and leading up to this week’s training camp Martin has felt uncertain, but especially this offseason. He talks about how it felt not knowing what would happen.
“It was different,” Martin said. “Every day I heard ‘Rockets’ and somebody leaving, somebody coming. I felt like I was just standing in line, waiting to come up to the front, and it’s your turn to go. It didn’t happen. You just have to put in more work and not worry about the other stuff that goes on around you.
“There were two or three moments where I thought I was going to be moved out. If I’m here or wherever, I’m going to try to be a major factor. I’m going to get better every year to continue my career, no matter where it is. Right now, I’m in a good place.”
Kevin may feel uncertain, but he looks to be back to his star swagger we all loved two seasons ago. He still looks at himself as a number one guy and a star player, but also feels like the team works well together.
When asked how it felt to get back to work: “I felt great. It was a great first day. It was like night and day compared to last year offensively, motion, moving around, guys being unselfish. Today, I actually felt like a point guard a lot. I was making plays with the ball in my hands. That’s something I’m very comfortable with. It was good. I think guys know what to expect this year.
If Martin can play more team oriented basketball it will help him become the player he has the potential to be. I believe Martin is a step away from superstar status. If he can return to form while also becoming more of a team player the sky is the limit for K-Mart.