Seen and heard last night at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.:
REVISITING AN UGLY INCIDENT So what do the Nets and forward Kenyon Martin think about the two-game suspension he served for his flagrant foul on Tracy McGrady on Jan.4?
Past history, time to move on. Martin, whom McGrady called “a thug” after the incident, doesn’t care what McGrady said about him, and frankly he doesn’t care.
“I don’t care what Tracy McGrady says,” Martin said, claiming he’s not worried about his image, “because I know I ain’t like that. If I was like that, then, yeah, I might be worried about it. But I just play hard. It’s over. I don’t care. It’s over. It’s over for me. It might not be over for him. Whatever.”
Yet coach Byron Scott pointed out that Martin’s action will have some lingering effects. “We feel the whole team right now has a target on us,” Scott said. “We’ve got the best team right now in the East, so everybody’s going to come after us. I think he has one on his back end and on his chest, as far as the way they’re looking at him. He just has to be careful. I didn’t tell him, not one time, to tone it down. I want him to play with the same type of energy and that love that he has for the game of basketball.”
ROOKIES IN THE HOUSE The game between the Nets and the Wizards featured eight rookies: Brandon Armstrong, Jason Collins, Richard Jefferson and Brian Scalabrine for the Nets; Kwame Brown, Brendan Haywood, Bobby Simmons and Etan Thomas for the Wizards.
John N. Mitchell