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06-14-2002, 10:19 PM
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Friday, June 14
Updated: June 14, 12:34 PM ET

Martin says emotions got the best of him

ESNP.com news services

After meeting with New Jersey Nets coach Byron Scott and Nets President Rod Thorn, emotional forward Kenyon Martin offered an apology for his remarks critical of teammates made immediately after the Los Angeles Lakers' championship sweep.

"I said some things last night that I probably shouldn't have said," Martin said. "I was a little disappointed, so the emotions got over me a little bit."

Martin had criticized teammates, without using names, who he felt had not played hard enough in Game 4's 113-107 loss on Wednesday. Martin had a career night, leading the Nets with 35 points and 11 rebounds.

Thorn and Scott both made it clear Martin's comments were not acceptable.

"I just didn't think you should say it publicly," Thorn said. "I think that was emotion speaking. He obviously was at a very high pitch and played very, very hard. Some guys didn't play particularly well, I don't think it was from a lack of playing hard."

Said Scott: "I just wanted to make him aware that we don't need that, period. Obviously, I wanted more from a few guys last night. We didn't get it."

Martin seemed to implicate teammates Keith Van Horn and Kerry Kittles when he said the proof that some players didn't play with heart could be found in the stat sheet. Van Horn shot 3 of 7 in Game 4 for seven points, while Kittles was 4-for-10 with 11 points.

"It's the most important game of our lives and people went and they just didn't bring it," Martin said Wednesday night.

06-14-2002, 10:57 PM
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I think he should have stuck with what he said. Never apologize for the truth.

06-14-2002, 10:59 PM
I think he did the right thing because he has to play with those guys....

06-14-2002, 11:09 PM
i think kenyon martin will never live up to his draft position

06-15-2002, 12:20 PM
Disgusting to see this half-a$sed finger-pointing by Martin. He is just confirming his status as a no-brain, no-class, big-mouthed, second-tier talent LOSER. Looks like he must've been looking across the Hudson for 'leadership' lessons from LaTrine. NO WAY do you go out and trash your teammate(s) like that after being hopelessly outclassed by the Lakers.

To a man, the Nets played as if they didn't have a snowball's chance in hell to take a game from the Lakers. Martin can do all the macho-never-say-die bravado and punk posturing that he wants to, but they never game close. Scoring a gunner's 35 points in the fourth game of a SWEEP is not 'showing heart', it's 'covering a$$'. Where the hell was HE in the first couple of games when they could possibly have made a series of it?

Aptly nicknamed, K-Mart is a discount-store talent, who will be lucky to see the NBA finals again. He's nothing more than a second-tier player who isn't even in the league's Top 10 at his own position, so he has plenty of improvement to make before he goes pointing the finger at anyone.