Prior to tonight’s Game 5, Kenyon Martin instructed his teammates to be dressed in funeral colors, as he expects his team to put an end to the Celtics’ playoff hopes and perhaps signal an end of an era for an aging Boston team.:
But his talk was also the talk of the Knicks’ post-game locker room.
“The guy was mouthing off before the game,” Kenyon Martin said. “He told me, ‘You’re not dancing at my funeral today.”’
“We’re ending it Wednesday,” Martin said.
He even made it a point to tell teammates what to wear when the Knicks look to win this series in five, then get ready for the winner of Indiana-Atlanta. “Wear black,” he said. “Funeral colors.”
I’m assuming this is meant figuratively, as seriously I would hope there’s no need for a priest or anything after tonight’s game, though it would still be fun to see the Knicks give the Celtics their metaphorical last rights this evening.
Perhaps Martin’s strong words could serve as bulletin board material, though the Knicks could always counter by just not having a bulletin board in the visiting locker room, making that strategy largely moot. I’m fairly sure that without an actual bulletin board, Doc Rivers would therefore have no ability to communicate Martin’s comments, relegating them completely harmless. I’ve personally never been that impressed with the concept of bulletin board material, as I just can’t imagine any coach muttering after a loss, “I just can’t believe it, we had all that great stuff on the bulletin board. It’s like it didn’t matter at all. And just because they had the better players!”
Anyway, Martin thinks this thing ends tonight, and frankly so do I.