Kidd: We Surprised Ourselves in '02

DALLAS, TX - MAY 25: Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks celebreates after the Mavericks defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jason Kidd, late of the Nets, talks to Ohm Youngmisuk, late of the beat writers who covered him, about the Finals which begin Tuesday night in Miami. In the process, he talks about his first two trips to the NBA's ultimate series back in 2002 and 2003 and how they impacted his decision to leave.

"When you go back-to-back, you feel like you will be able to go back every other year," Kidd said in the interview with ESPN New York. "I didn't think it would be a drought as long as it has been."

The first time, when the Nets were swept by the Lakers, was a big surprise to everyone...including the Nets themselves. "I think we were even more surprised that we got to the Finals."  The second time was different, he tells Youngmisuk. The Nets expected to win.

As for his traumatic 2008 trade, he said it about getting back to the Finals and ownership. "There was no guarantee. Just knowing the direction under Cuban, he wants to win and he would never sit pat. It is two different franchises in different moments in different directions."

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