– Darrick Martin was waived by the Raptors midway through last season, and chose that moment to retire. Martin then stuck with the team anyway, in a sort of informal consultancy capacity. Maybe he consults with Will Solomon on how to take more shats. Martin recently has a court dedicated to him, news which would have been funnier if they’d named it the Derrick Murray Court instead. (Inside jokes all!)
– Torrell Martin started the season with Kepez BLD Antalya in Turkey, averaging 13.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, before upping sticks and moving about 20 feet to Greece. In three games for Kavala/Panorama, replacing Billy Thomas, Martin averages 11.0 points and 4.7 rebounds.
– Jamal Mashburn now does studio work for NBA Fastbreak, and is quite good at it, too.
– Chet Mason started the season in the powerhouse known as the ABA, playing for the Cleveland Rockers. Thankfully, he then stepped it up a notch, and was acquired by The Arsenal. Mason averages 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
– Tony Massenburg is the stuff of dreams. After shocking the world by signing with the Wizards for 2007 training camp, despite having been out of the game for two years and 40 years old by that time, Massenburg didn’t stop there. Perhaps unsurprisingly waived by the Wizards, Massenburg kept up the Tony Massenburg basketball legacy, by signing in Puerto Rico. In three games with Capitanes de Arecibo, Massenburg averaged 14.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 1.7 apg. Unfortunately, Massenburg is currently unsigned, and the dream of a thirteenth NBA team might be over again. But give it 18 months and he should get another shot.
– Bryant Matthews is out of prison and in Romania, which is probably much the same. (Joke!) For CSU Atlassib Sibiu, Matthews averages 21.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals.
– James Mays started the season with the Colorado 14ers, averaging 18.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in 12 games after being drafted second overall in the D-League draft. Unfortunately, he popped his knee out on the 30th December, and is out for the season.
– Walt-ahhhh McCarty is an assistant to Rick Pitino at Louisville.
– Amal McCaskill is a busy boy, always doing the rounds. McCaskill-free split last season between the CBA and the United Arab Emirates (which, I assume, pays rather nicely for former NBA talent), before resuming his world tour this season. Amal opened the season with Magnolia Beverage Masters in the Philippines (as always, remember that if the team has an awesome name, it’s probably in the Philippines), before moving on to Qingdao Double Star in China. In keeping with the tradition of former NBA players in China, McCaskill beasted, to the tune of 20.2 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 2.9 apg and 1.9 bpg averages. McCaskill now resides in Bosnia, playing for Bosnian league leaders BC Igokea, but I have no idea what he averages. Here’s a great picture of him, though.
– Finally, Jelani McCoy is another ex-NBA near-seven-footer doing the Chinese thing. For the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, serving as the replacement for Nigel Dixon, McCoy averages 27.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 3.4 fouls, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, shooting 74% from the floor. If you think that’s good, then check out Zhejiang’s other American import (you’re only allowed 2), Rodney White, who averages 35.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists. The Chinese league is fantastic. I wish I could watch this stuff.