When I wrote a Kevin Martin piece last November chronicling how the Kings shooting guard hadn't let fame change him, the headline that was written by a member of our top-notch copy desk was perfect.
Almost a year later, the message still fits.
Martin returned to Sacramento this week from his annual offseason tour, one that has stayed the same even as his salary has changed, He spent ample time in Zanesville, Ohio, once again playing in the 3-on-3 Gus Macker tournament and pleasing his hometown fans. Per his routine, he headed for Florida to work with trainer David Thorpe at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
And now, Martin has confirmed with me that he will be playing in Wednesday's SPDL game at Capital Christian High School (tipoff 7 p.m.). Then on Friday, he'll take part in the sixth annual Maddbacker Charity Celebrity Basketball Game at Arco Arena.
As Marty Mac noted today, former Elk Grove High and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Adrian Ross puts the event together that has quite the list of celebs on board. In addition to Martin, there's Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry, former Sacramento State and Grant High super-dunker Jameel Pugh, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof, Kings co-owner Joe Maloof coaching and an appearance from recovering Ron Artest (wrist surgery).
* Speaking of Artest, the limits of newspaper print meant today's story on his radio career left out tons of hysterical commentary from the Kings small forward. As a reminder, go here to hear more and I'll provide reminders that he's coming on when I'm given word.
* Stay tuned for more draft workout info later in the week. - Sam Amick