“It’s their fault; they lost. There was talks, there was negotiations, they chose not to do it. It was out of my control. I’m a Knick now, so they lost. I’m just here to prove I never lost it. I guess I’m a better person than I am a basketball player. But the chip I’ve always played with hasn’t gotten bigger. I’m here to prove what I can do; that’s against everybody, every night. It doesn’t start with the Celtics. It’s whoever puts on that uniform opposite us.”
"It was real close," Martin told me before last night's game. "Like, the deal was almost done. From what I understood, Doc wanted me and the players wanted me, but in the 11th hour …" In the 11th hour what? "They didn't pull the trigger," Martin said. "And I'm not talking a few days ago or even a few weeks ago. This was a couple of months ago. "So now I'm here and I'm going to make them pay -- I'm going to make all the teams that passed on me pay."
At the moment this is looking like a very poor decision by Danny Ainge. With Tyson Chandler out Martin is starting and playing quite well for the Knicks; meanwhile the C's are struggling with a lack of size in the absence of Kevin Garnett. The 5 game streaks by each team in opposite directions, culminating in last night's New York victory at the Garden have made this a burning issue today. We'll wait and see how it plays out for the rest of the season, but it sure seems like the C's dropped the ball.