New Jersey was ‘never the same’ after Kenyon Martin left the team, says former Nets GM

NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 25: Kenyon Martin #6 of the New Jersey Nets drives against Kurt Thomas #40 and Shandon Anderson of the New York Knicks during Game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2004 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Nets defeated the Knicks 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Following the departure of Kenyon Martin, the New Jersey Nets were ‘never the same’ team, according to the former Nets GM, Rod Thorn.

Martin joined New Jersey as the first overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft and remained with the Nets until 2004.

“Heart. We never were the same after Kenyon left. We never replaced him while I was there. Tremendous heart, gave it all, run the court, was great playing with Jason. A little undersized for Tim Duncan, but did a great job for us, loved it,” Martin told Nets reporter┬áTom Dowd.