The Brooklyn Nets have been in the headlines non-stop since the start of the 2022-23 NBA season, and for all of the wrong reasons. First, there was the extremely underwhelming play of former No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, who the Nets traded James Harden for in February. Simmons scored in single digits in the first six games he played with the team, and he has since missed the past handful of games with a knee injury. Questions linger about when -- and if -- Simmons will return to his former All-Star self.
Then there was the latest Kyrie Irving situation, which involved the team suspending him for at least five games after he shared an anti-Semitic video and refused to apologize for it, despite being given ample opportunity to do so.
And of course, there was the firing of coach Steve Nash after the team started 2-5. Nash was hired in 2020 and lasted only two full seasons before his time in Brooklyn came to an end. Suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is rumored to be Brooklyn's top target to replace Nash, despite the fact that Udoka isn't coaching the Celtics this season because of team policy violations.
Overall, the Nets have had more drama in the past three weeks than most franchises experience over years of existence. And it's not like last season was distraction-free for Brooklyn, either, as it was highlighted by Harden forcing his way out of town and Irving being relegated to a part-time player due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19. All of that drama is unfortunate for the franchise, especially because it has overshadowed the on court product, and what has been a stellar start to the season for Kevin Durant.