by Glenn Erby 


Kenyon Martin likes to march to the beat of his own drum.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but at times it can be costly to your career.

While NBA teams were dealing with early season injuries, they were giving other guys calls, and 10 day contracts, but no one was calling Martin.

The 35-year-old has more of a reputation for being hard-headed and disrupting locker rooms then he does for being productive at this point in time, and he paid for it.

Martin told Newsday that “it was humbling to be left on the sidelines.”

“It humbles you,” Martin said. “I know it humbled me. I can’t speak on the next man. I didn’t think I played all that bad last year with the Clippers, helped them get out of the first round, was a major part of that. Stranger things have happened.

“It was something that was unexpected, of course, took the time to get my mind around it. I went through every emotion — mad, sad, upset, confused. You name it, I went through it.”

Martin may not have any star power at this point, but he can provide the Knicks with toughness and rebounding down the stretch.