This year has seen a lot of retirements. And today we saw yet another.
San Antonio Spurs and NBA journeyman Kevin Martin has announced his retirement today, in a unique way. He put out an ad in his local newspaper, the Zanesville Times Recorder, thanking everyone who has helped him along the way.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. There’s not a more perfect day for me to express those feelings. There are so many ways to announce your after professional career plans. My family and close friends have known since June of the direction I wanted my life to go. Those were the toughest conversations that I have ever had but with the ultimate support I knew I was making the right decision. I was raised by two unbelievable parents, Marilyn and Kevin, that I owe the world to by preparing me to be a humble young man that could handle the responsibilities that came with being in the spotlight. An amazing little brother, Jonathan, that has taught me how to face any adversity head on and prevail. My grandparents, Maxine and Dallas, gave their first grandchild all the love and resources to focus on my ultimate unrealistic goal at the time throughout my childhood. Grandparents, Teena, Stanley, and John, I am thankful for the faith through prayers and love! And to all my family… Thank you all for instilling the most important attributes into my soul that I would have to rely on, on a daily basis. I love y’all so much! Last but most definitely not least… Now we all know I wouldn’t be writing this letter if I didn’t have the strongest of support systems that helped me through the toughest daily rigors that one could face for all those years. My wife, Jill Arnold, has been my greatest blessing and I couldn’t be more thankful to have a soulmate that changed her life to be there with such loyalty and dignity! Thank you, Tim and Joy Arnold, for raising such a beautiful woman. Jill has blessed our family with a new baby girl, Anna Capri, that has completed me.
Martin played around the league, getting drafted by the Kings before playing stints in Houston, Minnesota and finally San Antonio. Known for his prolific scoring, he averaged 24.9 points in his career high in the 2008/09 season.