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Kenyon Martin believes the San Antonio Spurs were fortunate to beat the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Finals -“They ass got lucky”

Kenyon Martin has some surprising thoughts on the New Jersey Nets and their 2003 NBA Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs
Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin had high expectations when he entered the NBA in 2000. As the first overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft, Martin never truly managed to live up to those expectations, but he still put together a solid career when all was said and done. Martin had some big achievements throughout his career, such as earning his only All-Star selection in 2004, but one thing that eluded Martin throughout his career was the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Martin believes the Spurs got lucky in the 2003 NBA Finals

Martin had his chances to win a championship during his career, as he helped lead the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back Finals in 2002 and 2003. The 2002 Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers wasn't exactly competitive, as the Lakers quickly swept the Nets, but the 2003 Finals was a bit more competitive, with the San Antonio Spurs eventually winning in six games.

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It's not exactly a seven-game series decided by just a few points, but Martin believes the Spurs were lucky to beat the Nets in the 2003 Finals. Martin discussed the matter with Stephen Jackson, his former teammate on the Nets and was on the 2003 Spurs team, and dropped his shocking revelation on Jackson's "All The Smoke" podcast.

"They ass got lucky. We split the first two games on they floor. If we go home and get two, because it was a two-three-two series then, but they got two on our home floor. But Tim Duncan was a problem. Some of the numbers he put up in that series… He did his thing." - Kenyon Martin, All The Smoke

Martin's take on the 2003 NBA Finals is a bit strange

While Martin may believe that the 2003 NBA Finals were close, that wasn't really the case. The Nets won their two games by a combined three points, while the Spurs had double-digit margins of victory in three of their four wins. Tim Duncan dominated, as Martin mentioned, and it wasn't totally surprising to see San Antonio pull away despite the Nets hanging around early on.

Martin himself contributed to the Nets' struggles, particularly in Game 6, where he had maybe one of the worst performances in NBA Finals history when he shot 3/23 from the field. After a strong start to the series, Martin faltered in Games 5 & 6, and the Nets were easily cast aside by a superior Spurs squad.

Martin would never make it back to the Finals, and it seems he feels like the 2003 NBA Finals was the series that got away from him. Whether or not that is the case is up for debate, but even without a championship ring to his name, Martin managed to put together a successful career, and his failure to win a title shouldn't take away from that.

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