The Brooklyn Nets find themselves as a hot mess just 11 games into the 2022-23 NBA season. General manager Sean Marks and Co. have already fired head coach Steve Nash.
Star guard Kyrie Irving was suspended by the team for sharing a documentary with antisemitic views on social media. Brooklyn’s hand-picked option to replace Nash, Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, might not end up coming to fruition due to his own off-court drama.
On the court, Ben Simmons has struggled to fit in. Brooklyn has won four of its first 11 games. Yeah, things have already spiraled out of control in the Big Apple.
Sam Amick of The Athletic just spoke with multiple unnamed NBA executives about the Nets’ current situation. In surprising fashion, some now believe that Brooklyn will tear this entire thing down and start anew after so many on-court failures over the past few seasons.
“Just looking at Sean and his history, where he’s come from and what he’s done in Brooklyn, and then knowing that you have these (high-caliber guys) in this draft, I don’t see how he doesn’t (tear it down),” unnamed NBA executive on the Brooklyn Nets. “Maybe it’s pressure from ownership, and they want to win, or whatever — who knows? But left to his own devices, I think it’d only be natural to expect that they move Durant.”
For his part, Kevin Durant had requested a trade early in the offseason. At that point, he gave Nets owner Joseph Tsai an ultimatum — either fire Nash and Marks or trade him. While KD ended up pulling said trade request, it stands to reason that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is fed up with the situation in Brooklyn.
“At what point is Durant gonna say, ‘F— it. Get me out of here’?” NBA executive on Durant.