Comfortable being uncomfortable?

The Nets are a size 12 team trying to squeeze into a size 6 suit. You can only let out so much in the seat, you know?

Even so, given what happened in Boston and Phoenix last week, the Nets’ significant offseason turmoil has become almost quaint — even up here, where the Gotham teams’ dysfunction provide the oxygen with which the media, local and national, tends to breathe. And thus, Kevin Durant demanding a trade, then saying he’d come back if his GM and head coach were fired, with Kyrie Irving’s contract/vaccination issues continuing to make his future here uncertain, didn’t dissuade veteran players who’ve seen just about everything over the years from joining the show.

“It’s the NBA,” newly signed Markieff Morris said. “It’s something every summer that’s going to have everybody out their seats, on the edge of their seats. This is just the NBA. That’s something natural. We’ve got to be able to sell something in the summer.”

Indeed, while the challenge Brooklyn faces going forward is great, it is, of course, not unprecedented.

Other contending teams, in markets large and small, have had their own tumultuous offseasons in league history – including ones strafed by tragedy, not just trade requests. Or: may I re-introduce you to Shaq and Kobe, circa 2000-02? Or, how about 1997, when Michael Jordan and the Bulls, having won five NBA championships in their previous seven seasons, entered the 1997-98 season knowing that it would be their last together — by edict of their own management and ownership? (Someone should do a show chronicling that season someday.)

Or, how about when the shoe was on the other foot, in 2000 — when it was the team — in this case, the 76ers, at the behest of their coach, Larry Brown — that was poised to “fire” its superstar, Allen Iverson, whom Brown could no longer abide? Philly agreed to trade Iverson, as part of a four-team deal, to the Pistons — only to have Philly center Matt Geiger, who was part of the proposed deal, scuttle it by refusing to waive his 15 percent trade kicker. The kicker had to be eliminated for the wildly complicated deal to work financially.