Darrick Martin and Kobe Bryant

The biggest story of the Lakers series with the Timberwolves, except for the Derek Fisher buzzer-beater of course, was that Darrick Martin stepped up in Sam Cassell’s absence to run the floor at the point for the Twolves. Why!?

I went to St. Anthony High School in Long Beach at the same time that Darrick Martin was becoming a star basketball player, he was a year ahead of me. He even went on to get a full ride at UCLA for his basketball skills. What’s amazing to me is that Martin, who was a dominating force in high school, was only an average player in the NBA.

In fact, it’s amazing that he got to the NBA at all since he wasn’t even drafted. His hustle allowed him to get into the league by signing a couple of 10-day contracts in 1995, after three years in the CBA. He continued on to play for four NBA teams in eight years. Then, a couple of years ago, he left the league again, played a year in the CBA, played for the Harlem Globetrotters for a while, and then came back to the league again with another set of 10-day contracts thanks to Flip Saunders. An on-again off-again nine-year NBA career–all hustle.

Darrick Martin did an amazing job with the Timberwolves and came very close to getting to the NBA finals. During game 5, it was awesome to hear Marv Albert and Doug Collins reading his bio on the air–that’s huge. Big ups to Darrick!

5 Comments »

  1. Nice to see Darrick get so much post-game love. Especially after Game 2, surreal that Shaq, Kobe, and Phil gave him love. St. Antoine in the mothueffin hizouse…

    #1 by Sant — June 1, 2004 @ 1:21 am

  2. Amen brothas!!!

    Living up in NorCal it was awesome to see D Martin display some of the skills that awed us all in “The Pit”.

    Loved hearin SA get some much needed props…damn it’s been 16 years since those days!

    #2 by JG — June 16, 2004 @ 11:30 am

  3. Darrick cheats on his wife.

    #3 by The Educator — July 12, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

  4. I’ve seen him cheat too. Where did you see him cheat on his lady?

    #4 by LAkingpin — July 21, 2005 @ 12:09 pm

  5. That’s definelty true, he can play on the court and then I’ve seen him court’in some ho’s too, damn, I didn’t even know he was married.

    #5 by JG — January 16, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

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