In July, some of you disagreed with my take on Mikki Moore's focus on the cash vs. joining a team with potential. Contrast the way we felt in response to that story to a Tuesday piece in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Kevin Martin's hometown paper.
Having just signed a massive $55 million contract, Martin looks to be sharing his newfound wealth with the community, both here in Sacramento, and back home in Asheville. Apparently, without too much fanfare, Martin has already been extremely charitable with needy families and underprivileged children. And unlike many NBA stars to whom bling is everything, Martin says he still has one major focus: winning.
The article credits Martin with quietly providing Christmas gifts to families in need, and not asking the press along. Also, the day after Martin signed his contract, he got on a jet - not to some exotic vacation getaway, but instead to Johannesburg, where he is taking part in the NBA's "Basketball Without Borders" program.
In a league often known for brawls, arrests, positive drug tests and thuggery, there are some good guys out there. Thank goodness our best overall player just so happens to be one of them.