Martin shows a few new things during Nuggets scrimmage
By Chris Tomasson, Rocky Mountain News
October 12, 2005
AIR FORCE ACADEMY - The Denver Nuggets showed off in front of fans for the first time this season, and the forward from Bryan Adams High School provided his share of thrills.
That would be Kenyon Martin. But he would prefer not to be identified as a University of Cincinnati product.
White Scrimmage at the Air Force Academy, Martin requested he be introduced as being from Bryan Adams, which is in Dallas, even though he played four years at Cincinnati and was announced as being from there in his first five NBA seasons.
"I told you I don't want anything to do with the University of Cincinnati," said Martin, who said his introduction, which drew laughs from teammates, will remain as it was Tuesday.
Martin is mad at his alma mater for forcing Bob Huggins, his coach with the Bearcats, to resign in August.
Soon it will be seen how much Martin, recovering from arthroscopic off-season surgery on his left knee, takes his frustrations out on the opposition. In the scrimmage, won 87-85 by Martin's Blue team, Martin made some very athletic plays.
He had one in which he threw down a dunk and then pulled out his jersey for the crowd to see. Nuggets coach George Karl would like to see more such plays and less jump shots from Martin.
"I thought Kenyon was very effective statistically, but I am not sure I liked his jump shooting," Karl said. "We tell guys to work hard to improve their shots, and sometimes they forget where they came from."
Martin, who scored 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes, did not disagree with Karl's assessment. But he stressed patience.
"I'm not going to go and get hurt right now," said Martin, whose jumper has improved. "I'm going to turn it up."
Overall, Martin said he felt good. He said his knee feels as good as it has in two years.
"I took enough time off during the summer," said Martin, who had surgery in May and wasn't cleared to run until mid-September. "There was a lot of question whether I was going to be right or not. . . . It's just a matter of getting my legs underneath me."
Also putting up big numbers were Carmelo Anthony, who had 26 points for the White while playing both small and power forward; guard Earl Boykins, who had 21 points and 11 assists for the Blue; and guard Andre Miller, who scored 20 for the White.
Only military personnel were invited, and the crowd, announced at 1,168, was thrilled at the end when several players threw shoes and warm-ups into the stands.
The White came up short when guard DerMarr Johnson's three-pointer at the buzzer clanged off the back iron. But Karl had seen enough at that point.
"Our practices probably have been more intense," Karl said. "I thought we slacked off a little bit."
Karl said Miller got winded. He said Denver's play at point guard in the second half other than by Boykins "was scary."
Miller played both point and shooting guard as the Nuggets sometimes used four guards. He said the team was tired after a week of hard practices, but that it was a "good opportunity" playing at a higher elevation than Denver.
ETC.: Johnson also went to Cincinnati and was introduced that way. He said he "might have to change that." . . . Assistant Adrian Dantley coached the Blue and assistant Scott Brooks the White. Karl plans for Brooks, who will coach the first three-regular season games while Karl serves a suspension, to coach two preseason games, both likely on the road . . . Sitting out the scrimmage were Nene, who has a strained hamstring, and Eduardo Najera, who has a groin pull that Karl said is minor . . . Despite losing Amare Stoudemire for four months because of a knee injury, Karl said the Phoenix Suns still have "got a lot of great players" and are "very difficult to beat." . . . Karl admitted he's not keen about today's practice being broadcast live by NBA TV. "Should I watch my language?" he asked . . . Karl was displeased none of the five players battling for a possible 15th roster spot stood out.
DENVER BLUE - Martin 10-17 0-0 20, Buckner 2-5 1-2 5, Pope 3-3 0-0 6, Lenard 2-12 1-4 6, Boykins 9-19 2-2 21, Dixon 0-1 3-8 3, Watson 5-8 4-4 15, Smith 3-8 5-6 11. Totals 34-73 16-26 87.
DENVER WHITE - Anthony 8-14 10-12 26, Elson 2-4 1-2 5, Camby 4-12 0-2 8, Johnson 3-12 4-5 10, Miller 8-12 3-3 20, Hodge 1-3 2-2 4, Kleiza 3-7 0-0 6, Chenowith 0-1 1-2 1, Russell 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 31-72 21-28 85.
Blue ......18 19 28 22 - 87
White ......22 21 19 23 - 85
Three-point attempts - Blue 3-9 (Martin 0-1, Buckner 0-1, Lenard 1-3, Boykins 1-3, Watson 1-1); White 2-12 (Anthony 0-3, Camby 0-1, Johnson 0-3, Miller 1-2, Russell 1-3). Rebounds - Blue 32 (Martin, Smith 6); White 40 (Elson, Camby 7). Assists - Blue 22 (Boykins 11); White 21 (Miller 8). Steals - Blue 10 (Buckner 4); White 11 (Elson, Camby 3). Blocks - Blue 2 (Martin, Smith); White 8 (Anthony 3). Total fouls - Blue 25; White 22. T - 1:46. A - 1,168.
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