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2000 In 2000, the Nets hired Rod Thorn as team’s new president, an executive with long history in the NBA, known to have been responsible for able to draft Michael Jordan in his time as general manager the Bulls. immediately began to assemble the most talented team since the ABA championships won in the mid-1970s. As a first step hired Byron Scott as coach. With the first pick in the 2000 Draft, selected Kenyon Martin of the University of Cincinnati. On the night of the 2001 draft, changed the rights of your choice in the first round (Eddie Griffin) to Houston Rockets for their draft picks, Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins and Brandon Armstrong. Shortly after the 2001 Draft, Thorn made his boldest decision.Stephon Marbury changed to another base All-Star Jason Kidd, Phoenix Suns. The move gave the team something it had been missing since its inception in the NBA, a leader who did deploy its peers. Jason Kidd was it the linchpin of the Nets early in the century. That season was the best of the Nets in NBA history. The team won its first Atlantic Division title, finishing the regular season with a record of 52-30 and ranked team in the Eastern Conference to face the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoff in 2002. Described by the magazine “Slam Magazine” as “the best team in the World” ( “The best team in the world”). The starting lineup of the New Jersey Nets in 2002 (Kenyon Martin, Todd MacCulloch, Jason Kidd, Keith Van Horn and Kerry Kittles) appeared on the cover of May issue. After losing the first home game, took over victory in two games following the loss again in the fourth.The Nets played one of the most memorable matches in the history of the NBA playoffs. The team earned nine points with five minutes, but Reggie Miller scored a faraway triple at the buzzer, bringing the game into overtime (repeats later showed that the launch of Miller was not within the regular time) . After Miller sent the game into overtime with a dunk, the Nets did not give more advantage to the enemy and ended the match 120-109. It is the only game in NBA history in all rooms, the first, second, third, the last and the first overtime ended tied. In the conference semifinals, defeated the Charlotte Hornets for a 4-1, advancing to the conference finals for the first time, which would face the Boston Celtics. New Jersey began by winning the first game but lost two at home.In the third shock, the Nets won by 21 points going into the final period, but the Celtics consummated one of the most memorable comebacks in recent times and won 94-90 to lead the series 2-1. In the fourth match, held in Boston, the Nets led most of the game, but once again the Celtics managed to tie missing a minute to play. But this does not escape them in the hands and tied the series at two. In the fifth game, the Nets had a 20-1 run early in the fourth quarter to finish 103-92 and move to 3-2 lead in the series. In the sixth game, trailed by 10 at the end of the first half, but rallied in the second half.A triple by Van Horn with 50 seconds left for the end of the meeting out the victory and the championship of the Eastern Conference (NBA) for the Nets. In the NBA Finals of 2002, the Nets were swept by the series for a Lakers led by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Prior to the beginning of the 2002-03 season, changed to Van Horn for Dikembe Mutombo from the Sixers. The change in order improve the team did not work since Mutombo was on the bench most of the season because of a wrist injury, also had little involvement in the playoffs because of differences with coach Byron Scott. Despite Mutombo’s absence, finished with a 49-33 record going back to get the Atlantic Division title. In the 2003 playoffs, won their second consecutive Eastern Conference championship. They defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, then swept the Celtics and Detroit Pistons in consecutive series to advance to the NBA Finals in 2003, this time facing the San Antonio Spurs.The series ended tied after the first four games, but the Nets were very erratic during the fifth game to lose the match. In the sixth game, the Nets led by 10 points with 10 minutes left, but a 19-0 streak to the Spurs gave them the title in the sixth game of the series. After finishing the season, Kidd became free agent and the Spurs pursued signing with them.