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Kenyon Martin’s story may not be entirely accurate

After his BIG3 appearance in Lexington, Kenyon Martin opened up about being a Kentucky fan as a child and how he almost became a Wildcat himself.

“As a kid, you idolize Kentucky basketball,” Martin told reporters in Rupp Arena. “Rick Pitino was an iconic figure here, that’s who I wanted to play for then. He left and went to the Celtics, and then they brought in Tubby, so I decided to go to the University of Cincinnati.”

That’s a nice story and all, but there’s one glaring inaccuracy: Pitino left Kentucky in May of 1997, months after Martin’s freshman year at Cincinnati. Martin had already played in 22 games for Bob Huggins’ Bearcats before M.L. Carr was fired in Boston and opened the door for Pitino to leave “Camelot.”

But as Martin told it, he wanted to play for Pitino and ended up in Cincinnati after UK hired Tubby Smith.

Fact checking, which we rarely do here at KSR, says that’s simply not true.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for Kenyon Martin’s story may not be entirely accurate

  1. ukkatzfan
    12:19 pm August 7, 2017 Permalink

    Why let facts interfere with a good story? Never has before. lol

    • Sentient Third Eye
      1:33 pm August 7, 2017 Permalink

      “When legend becomes fact…print the legend.” – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

  2. looking4number8
    12:53 pm August 7, 2017 Permalink

    It raises the question if Pitino had prior knowledge of his departure and informed recruits prior. Mart wouldn’t have known about Tubby but may have known that Pitino was soon to leave. Also possible, Huggins and other coaches recruiting him told him Pitino was leaving soon.

  3. Luether
    9:22 pm August 7, 2017 Permalink

    We’ve got enough Fake news without KSR contributing more of it. Good job pointing this out, Drew…