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Nuggets Kenyon Martin not afraid to mix it up

BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, jcarlson@opubco.com Published: April 15, 2011
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KENYON MARTIN

All you need to know about Kenyon Martin is this — type his name into YouTube, and the first three items that appear in the predictive search involve a fight.


The Nuggets bruiser isn't afraid to mix it up.

He's fought with opponents. He's yelled at fans. He's sparred with media. He's feuded with coaches. Heck, he almost came to blows with Alonzo Mourning ... when they were teammates.

They were playing for the Nets when Mourning discovered that he had a life-threatening kidney disorder that would require a transplant. Martin teased him about it one day at practice, and it was on.

Martin later apologized.

Still, the tattoo-covered, headband-wearing tough guy doesn't shy away from controversy.

A couple weeks ago in the final seconds of the Nuggets' win against the Lakers, he scored the victory-sealing, put-back basket on a rebounded free throw. He celebrated by thumping his chest, then slowly walking down the court and telling the Los Angeles crowd all about it.

How spicy was his language?

ABC's feed went to gray at one point.