Martell Webster knows his NBA career won’t last forever – which is why he’s able to put his most recent setback in perspective.
On Wednesday, his current team, the Washington Wizards, announced that the former prep-to-pro standout would undergo season-ending hip surgery, bringing his 2015-16 campaign to a close – before he even logged a minute of game action. The 28-year-old Webster had been attempting to play through a partially torn labrum in his right hip, though he sat out all of the preseason and had yet to get into a regular season contest. But he’s never been one to focus on the present – he’s always been thinking about what happens once his playing days are done.
“It’s not very long you get to play this game; it’s blink,” Webster says. “I’m looking forward to living for another 60 years after this. I don’t plan to be remembered for what I did in a glitch of my life. I plan to be remembered by the people I touch and that I effect.”
He hopes to accomplish that though music. Webster, long a fan of hip-hop, says he’s been working on his own tracks for a few years – though it was only recently that he decided it was time to go public with his private passion.
“The hesitation was worrying about what people were going to think. And then I finally got to a place where it was like, ‘I don’t care what people think about it. It’s mine. I made it. I’m so proud of it,'” he says. “I’m making my music based on how I feel, not following a trend.”
Webster’s music is both soulful and spiteful, celebrating his successes and answering his critics. After a ten-year career in the NBA, he’s had plenty of experience with both. Now, it’s about bringing people together.
“Basketball is like a gladiator sport. People cussing at you, all this crazy stuff…you want nothing to do with the crowd,” he says. “But with music, it’s like ‘No, this is us.‘ I need to talk to everybody. That’s fun to me. I love it.”