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Acknowledgement, and Resolution

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I know that I'm considered to be in the tank for Kevin Martin. This blog started just as Kevin Martin rose from anonymity to stardom. Save for a few minor rookie moments, this blog has basically covered every day of Martin as a King, Martin as an NBA player. And Martin -- undersung for so long, worthy and desperate for deeper inspection -- is the perfect blogger vessel. I could point out things about Martin most non-Kings fans would never see. I could go into deep detail about facets of his game, and it'd be new to 90 percent of the population. If I say something about Tyreke Evans? Well, everyone watches Tyreke Evans. It's hard to be original talking about the same thing as everyone else.

I feel comfortable saying that over the past 4-1/2 years, I've become the blog world's Kevin Martin expert. Martin has made it easy -- don't get me wrong. I mean, there's a reason I'm not the blog world's, er, Quincy Douby expert. (Or am I?) Martin has become a veritable star, and I've been covering him like a beat for almost five years. There's no denying that he gets more basketball leeway from me, more deference when his play is off. That critics of Martin get a more critical reaction from me, and obviously others here who have been around and feel the same way.

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That said, Martin has been back three games. In Game 1, he was easily the second best King -- only he and Jason Thompson played well. In Game 2, he was easily the best or second best King -- only he and Tyreke Evans played well. In Game 3, he didn't play well, and the team almost completed a 24-point comeback without him on the court.

Everyone is in such a rush to declare this or that, with "this" the impending doom of Martin as a King and "that" the greatest backcourt in the history of basketball. "This" nor "that" is likely real, or even close. The whole world is gray. Maybe Martin-Evans doesn't work as well as hoped. Maybe Martin-Evans works just fine. I would say that through three games, we don't know. I would say we need time for observation. If it turns out this experiment has failed, then move to pursuance. Until then, try to enjoy the show.