"We're talking back in the late '80s, early '90s and Miami was in a very hot base, as far as crime and things of that sort, back to the 'Cocaine Cowboys' days," said Tony Regueira, Martin's longtime friend who used to work with him.
A 1987 New York Times Magazine piece bore the headline "Can Miami Save Itself?" and referred to the city as a "juvenile delinquent." But Martin needed cash, and fast.
He had the posture of a man who was ready to react physically if necessary, but his words were the only tools he needed, Regueira recalled.
On the sideline, those demonstrations can lead to technical fouls, suspensions such as the one he received last season for ripping a player or misperceptions about how he's viewed by the young men who play for him.
But the program should continue to rise with the No.