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Kenyon Martin reacts to Jason Kidd's retirement

Kenyon Martin of the New York Knicks reacts

Kenyon Martin of the New York Knicks reacts against the Indiana Pacers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (May 16, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

Kenyon Martin enjoyed his best years with Jason Kidd on the Nets. Martin was the enforcer and a main defensive presence on the Nets’ back-to-back NBA Finalist teams in 2002 and 2003.

Martin was happy to play with Kidd again this past season with the Knicks. Kidd announced his retirement Monday. Here’s Martin’s reaction:

“One of the best teammates I have had in the league as well as a true friend,” Martin said through an email from his agency. “Someone who I have always looked up to and has been there for me throughout my career even when I wasn't playing on the same team with him.

“He made me a better player and taught me as well as others in this league how to play basketball the right way. His accomplishments go without saying, Glad I was able to reunite with him in New York this last year of his career and I wish him the best and much success in whatever the next stage of his life brings.

"The game will surely miss him.”

Martin is a free agent and has said he would like to return to the Knicks. They could use his defense and toughness. But Martin might be sought-after by playoff teams following his performance with the Knicks late in the season and playoffs.

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