If the Nets headed into the season with a rapidly shrinking contention window, Thursday might go down as the day that window was shut for good.

The organization suspended Kyrie Irving for a minimum of five games without pay after being deemed he is “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets” because of his repeated non-apologies for promoting a documentary widely believed to have anti-Semitic views. He cannot return, the team says, “until he satisfies a series of objective material measures that address the severity of his conduct.”

Irving apologized in a statement late Thursday but did not say if he plans to take the Nets’ path back to the court.

The Nets’ decision came hours after another disastrous news conference just before the team left for the nation’s capital to play the Wizards on Friday. This time the domino effect was much more severe.

After releasing a joint statement with the Nets and Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday night in which he and the team each pledged $500,000 “toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver criticized Irving on Thursday for not apologizing for his actions. It was the first time Silver directly acknowledged Irving by name after generic statements by both the league and player’s union failed to get his attention and came days after his original social media post. He greeted reporters shortly after, spoke for six minutes but did not apologize. Later that evening, the ADL said it would be rejecting Irving’s donation after seeing his lack of accountability. And on Friday morning, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on Twitter called Irving’s apology an “encouraging step” but noted that, “Actions speak louder than words.”

“There is a lot more to do to undo this damage,” Greenblatt tweeted.

Now the team’s fortunes are left to Kevin Durant while Ben Simmons nurses knee soreness and the players await their new head coach. The Nets plan to hire suspended Celtics coach Ime Udoka, according to The Athletic’s Sham Charania. The Celtics suspended Udoka in September because of violations of team policies, and the coach’s punishment is a result of an intimate relationship with a female member of the organization, as The Athletic has reported. The Celtics are reportedly letting Udoka leave for Brooklyn without seeking compensation.

Speaking to reporters at shootaround Friday morning ahead of their game against the Wizards, Durant said he hadn’t spoken to Irving since he issued his apology and added he trusts the organization to properly handle the situation. Asked if this has been the wildest week of his 15-year career, Durant said “yeah.”

“I mean that’s just the way of the NBA now,” Durant said. “Media, so many outlets now and their stories hit pretty fast now. That’s where all the chaos is coming from. From everybody’s opinions, everybody has an opinion on this situation and we’re hearing it nonstop. But once the balls start bouncing and we get into practice none of that stuff seeps into the gym. So that’s the cool part about being in the league. But once you step off the court, everyone got the microphones out and the microscopes looking at you asking you what you feel about it. That’s been difficult but the game is the constant for us.”