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All hail Nuggets enforcer Kenyon Martin: A dunks and defense tribute

The Denver Nuggets tip off their second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon -- and their success will likely hinge on the sort of defensive play Kenyon Martin has been bringing to the court of late. Martin was hurt for on and off for many of his early years with the Nugs, prompting a lot of fans to brand him a bust. But this season, and especially in the just-completed rout of the New Orleans Hornets, K-Mart has demonstrated why the team paid so much to bring him here in the first place -- because he's a hellacious presence down low who's more than happy to punish those determined to invade his house.

The clip above, by YouTuber baberas, is just the thing to get you ready for game one: a montage of rim-rocking, shot-blocking, ass-kicking action scored to some hardcore hip-hop. As a bonus, click "Continue" to see two more Martin video-salutes, focusing on his college days with the Cincinnati Bearcats and his stint with the New Jersey Nets, plus even more Nuggets-era highlights. Martinize yourself.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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