Jimmy Butler took the East Finals MVP trophy after leading the Miami Heat to a series victory over the Boston Celtics. However, the forward wanted to share the spotlight with the rest of his teammates. and especially with a Caleb Martin who was original Florida wins. Shooting guard becomes Butler’s best partner 26 points, 4 of 6 from three, 10 rebounds and 3 assists, Numbers That Are More Than Just Stats for a Player A little over a year ago he had no place in the NBA.
Martin’s career has been anything but easy or ordinary. The guard from North Carolina has been able to travel a road full of obstacles until he reaches the gates of glory. Or in this case, the ring. And he doesn’t want to be there. after signing something Conference Finals in which he had better numbers than an ‘All Star’ like Jaylen Brown, Caleb wants to finalize one of the films that American sports give. A nursery of biographies worthy of any Hollywood script and in which Martin could be in the lead role.
In the pages of that script you can read your life A boy is raised by a mother with his two brothers in a dilapidated trailer in North Carolina, Jenny Bennett had to move there when she became pregnant by Caleb’s older brother Rahim and her parents kicked her out of the house. She did it alone and that’s how she raised her three children, as her partner disappeared when she gave birth to Caleb and his twin, Cody. three black children of the same white woman In a North Carolina where racial prejudice is still prevalent today,
in the humble caravan where Martin’s three children grew up sleeping on the same mattress, Never lacked food. Bennett multiples up to four jobs so there’s always something on her kids’ plates. Even if it is at the cost of keeping yourself away from food. He did this when he left home at 4 a.m. to go to work, leaving his children alone with the company of ants and beetles that “infested the trailer”.
“I have so much respect for my mother and everything that happened”Caleb assured years later in an interview with USA Today in which he recalled the early years of his life. “Our childhood is very present and We remember things that we feel now and that our mother hid from us then. He has made many sacrifices for us.”
Years later, when Bennett found a more stable job, The family changed those pest plagues to worse ones like drugs and shootings that used to populate the apartment block where they went when the Martin twins entered high school, as they both became state football and basketball stars, with which they ended up pursuing careers.
Ignored by the NBA at first
Like childhood and adolescence, it was not easy for Martins on the court either. Despite his good numbers in high school and the universities of North Carolina State and Nevada, Cody only attracted NBA attention when he was selected by the Hornets. Caleb’s name never came up in the 2019 draft and he had to wait for his twin to convince the Charlotte coaching staff to give him a chance.
After two seasons at ‘home’ in North Carolina, The Hornets decided not to renew his contract and the player remained without a team., Those were the tough weeks in which Caleb thought about packing his bags and moving to Europe. And At that point another guardian angel appeared in his life after his mother: J. Cole.
famous american rapperAlso grew up in Carolina and a great basketball fan (he participated in the Basketball Africa League last season), shared the court with Caleb at a few parties and knew about his exploits in high school, so he met Martin intervened to find a team for. Cole, who dedicated a few lines of his song “Autograph” to former NBA star Caron Butler, called on the Heat coaching staff for a tryout in the summer of 2021. And from that moment everything changed for Caleb, who remembered everything he had experienced today with a smile on his lips and a trophy in his hands. “But the work is not done yet.”
Guillermo Garcia, passionate about basketball since childhood, managed to make the game of basket his profession. With a degree in humanities from Carlos III University and a master’s degree in journalism, he began working at Marca in 2003, where he had time to do everything from football to reports and opinions, including the closing section. In 2011 he debuted as a writer on the official NBA website in Spanish and has since covered basketball information with a special focus on what is happening in the US. In addition, he has covered two EuroBaskets, one World Cup and two Olympic Games, along with several NBA playoffs. But the man has won not only on basketball and he has also been able to interview figures from other sports such as Usain Bolt, Simone Biles or Armand Duplantis. ,