As a veteran with years in both the Eastern and Western Conferences, the advance scout had seen just about everything on the basketball court. But he’d never seen this.
In the Nets’ Oct. 29 loss to the Pacers — one of the last games before Kyrie Irving was suspended — the All-Star guard didn’t just wave off the play called by then-coach Steve Nash. On 10 separate occasions, Nash called a specific play and the scout watched Irving do something entirely different.
That wasn’t simple creativity, something to be expected from the uniquely electrifying All-Star. No, it was double-digit defiance.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” the scout told The Post. “Nash would call something, and he’d run the opposite. I’ve never seen anything like that.”
After one more game — ironically a victory over those same Pacers — the Nets parted ways with Nash.
“We both felt that this was time. It was certainly trending in that way,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said at the time. “And to be quite frank, the team was not doing what it was supposed to be doing.”
Literally and figuratively. It was a double entendre from Marks, as the Nets not only were not winning, but also were not following game plans.