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“Only Father Time can protect Shaq”: Kenyon Martin shares his experience of protecting greats, choosing Shaquille O’Neal as the most difficult player to protect

Kenyon Martin Sr. talking about Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan being the hardest to defend, but Shaq is a notch above the two of them.

NBA powerhouse striker Kenyon Martin was a physical defender in his day. He is strong and agile for his size, which allows him to defend all five positions. He also has high defensive stats, often forcing opponents to make difficult and uncomfortable shots.

Martin made his debut in 2000 with the New Jersey Nets. During his 15-year NBA career, he played with several teams – the Clippers, Bucks, Knicks and Nuggets. He was a member of the 2002 Nets team that played with the Lakers in the finals.

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In a conversation with Gilbert Arenas on the “No Chill” podcast, Kenyon Martin looks back at the most difficult players to defend. He started by sharing his experience protecting Kobe Bryant. “I was on top of him, he shot that thing out of the glass with his left hand. I was like – “Yeah, stop doing that, don’t do that again, dawg.”

Next Martin chose Tim Duncan. He explains how his usual tactics against the big boys won’t work for the ‘fundamentals’. However, Martin was very proud when he did not allow Timmy to make a successful long shot. “The only hit I wouldn’t give him was the one on the bank. I was like – “you don’t do that to me, you can take anything else.”

Kenyon Martin chose Shaquille O’Neal as the most difficult player to defend of all time.

Podcast co-host Josiah Johnson asked Martin – “How does it feel to have to protect a guy like Shaq?” Martin had a very simple answer – “Impossible”. Furthermore, he went on to explain that he is not Shaq’s main defender but will have to pick him up during the transition or timeout.

“I am a double. I am a kind man. He caught it, wherever I was on the floor I could pass, I could double it and get out. That’s what I am with him.” Martin added that getting older is the only thing that slows Shaq down. “There is no guardian here like when you protected Shaq. Trust me, nothing can stop that man. ”


Big Diesel was a dominant force in his infancy. Even though the opponent knew what he was going to do, it was impossible to stop him. In addition to being 7’1″ tall and over 300 pounds, he has a combination of strength and skill never seen before.

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Shaq plays as a central defender while Martin mainly plays as a striker. In addition to the size disadvantage, there is also the weight disadvantage. Martin wasn’t the only one having issues with Shaq at the time. At his peak, no other player could limit Shaq’s production.

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