Wednesday , Apr , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets Martin apologizes to team

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin
apologized to his teammates Wednesday after being suspended indefinitely for
conduct detrimental to the team.

“First and foremost, I want to apologize to my teammates and coaching staff
for my actions on Monday night,” Martin said. “There is nothing more important
to me than being a good teammate and giving 110 percent effort each and every
day. Nothing will ever change that. I sincerely regret if this situation has
been a distraction for the team and the Denver Nuggets organization.”

Martin played less than seven minutes in Monday’s 98-87 loss to the Los
Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. He
didn’t play much in the first half. After intermission, he didn’t get to
Denver’s bench until several minutes elapsed in the third quarter, and then
sat with a towel over his head.

“I take the responsibility of representing the Denver Nuggets very seriously
and I truly hope that Nuggets fans understand that,” Martin added. “I support
the team fully and can’t wait to rejoin them on the court as soon as possible.
Right now, the focus should be on the playoffs and getting a Game 3 victory.”

The Nuggets host the Clippers for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series Thursday
and are already behind by two games.

Martin, who was held scoreless Monday, averaged 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds
per game during the regular season, but was hampered with knee tendinitis.