A lot has gone awry for the Brooklyn Nets in the early parts of the 2022-23 season. Point guard Kyrie Irving is still suspended and away from the team, Ben Simmons has yet to revert back to the player he was in Philadelphia, and the Nets own a poor 6-9 record, which is good for just the 12th-best record in the Eastern Conference.

As a result of the off-court distractions and the losses piling up, the Nets held a players-only meeting on Oct. 29. The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick reported that during the meeting, “Markieff Morris spoke up about how the Nets need Ben Simmons to succeed and that he has to respond when he deals with adversity on the court.”