Nuggets' Martin: Cuban a 'coward'

The Denver Nuggets made dispatching the Dallas Mavericks look easy compared to this.

The feud simmering between the Nuggets' Kenyon Martin and Mark Cuban continued to boil this weekend, a week after the Mavericks' owner set off the acrimonious tete-a-tete by making an insulting comment to Martin's mother after a Game 3 loss.

"He's a coward," Martin said about Cuban, according to HoopsHype.com. "He couldn't face it. You all read the only apology that he's made [on his blog].

"The world got to see it before the person who it was meant for got to see it. That tells you how that goes. I ain't never known nobody apology to somebody through other people."

For his part, Cuban called his blog apology a mistake, telling the Web site in an e-mail that he regretted not having contacted Martin's mother in person and in a timely fashion.

"I still intend to apologize to Ms. Moore," Cuban wrote of Lydia Moore, Martin's mother. "I made a mistake and will keep my commitment."

But Cuban reiterated that Martin needed to address his behavior, too.

"I would also like to know if Kenyon is going to take responsibility for his actions rather than hiding behind 'no comment,' " Cuban wrote. "Will he apologize to the wife of our staff member that he called a [expletive] fat pig' immediately after Game 3? Will he apologize to fans that he threatened to, and I'm paraphrasing here, '[expletive] beat the [expletive] down' during Game 4?

"Or to the fans he walked by after Game 4, [Martin] cursed and gave the finger to? Will he take responsibility for what he said and did? Is there some reason he has not?"

The Nuggets beat the Mavericks 124-110 on Wednesday night to win their second-round series in five games.

Denver will face the Lakers in the Western Conference finals starting Tuesday night in Los Angeles (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) after their Game 7 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Martin declined in the interview with HoopsHype.com to address his actions after Game 4.

"Me and my mom ain't going to lose no sleep if we don't talk to Mark Cuban" Martin said. "We're going to lay our head down and sleep well every night.

"I'm still playing right now. [Cuban's] got time to think about all that. I got games to win right now. So give [Cuban] time to think about [what he might do]."