Those are three, if you keep counting.
If Durant He withdraws his summer business request Just because he had to, what happened during the first two weeks of this season that would give him hope that his worst fears aren’t real?
If nothing else, players know when they are in a burning house, even if they don’t admit it publicly. Durant has been in the penthouse several times to know this has no chance of turning around.
Trading it is nothing Networks He seems to be thinking about it, but Marx must reconsider it if he really wants to act in the best interest of the organization. Marx thought, perhaps foolishly Ime Udoka can save his franchise – In the same way that Marx saves Odoka from Shame of misconduct in Boston.
He claims he didn’t take any input from the players, but any guy with a sense didn’t have to – Irving didn’t respect this coach (or anyone else, probably), and Durant Make his feelings known during summer.
Marx has no answers for Irving I In the wake of the recent chaosonly that the team consults with Anti-Defamation League about how to proceed, and that Irving won’t be speaking to the media for the next few days.
It felt like a hint that his disastrous press conference from Saturday, when was disputed On the idea of being questioned about posting tweets containing an antisemitic movie, it will be repeated.
Even if Odoka is a candidate for sterling, this is the mess you want your new guy to walk in?
“We are looking for someone with balance, charisma, and accountability,” Marx said. “We are not a finished product. We do not live up to our expectations or what we should be, so hopefully this new coach will come here and put this group in the best possible place for success.”
In a way, it’s a perfect match between two teams, promising starts but internally flawed. Udoka and his brand of extreme honesty and communication with poor achievement Boston Celtics He helped turn them over after January 1, which led to a trip to the NBA Finals.
Anyone see the NBA Finals roster with the Brooklyn Nets? Nash walked the plank, perhaps too inexperienced and too over the head to handle all the drama in his short time.
It’s still uncommonly brilliant and basketball’s brilliance deserves to be on a show more prominent than a team with no present and no future, it seems. Whether it’s his role in helping select Nash as head coach or partnering with a devastated or distrustful Irving or networking commitment to Four more years When he didn’t have to, he was put into a corner without help.
“I’m certainly not proud of the situation we find ourselves in,” Marks said. “I’d like to turn on ESPN or TV and not find you talking about us that way.” “I’d like to go back to basketball.”
But ugly basketball And it would put the focus on the weak product on the ground that led to it, being nearly at the bottom of all major defensive categories and fully featured in the The collapse of the Nets in the fourth quarter against bulls In the immediate aftermath.
League sources told Yahoo Sports that the recent drama with Irving on Saturday night was the only thing stopping Nash from being fired on Sunday, but Irving can’t help Durant salvaging that vision of taking over New York with victories and sentiment from disintegrating.
Irving vacation is coming. set his watch. He’s due to be absent and maybe, just maybe, he’ll tell the team this time around.
Or maybe not.
Which is why the Nets should be doing the right thing here, start to win back the draft picks and young players by sending Durant to a place where he can be best maximized.
Curling made Durant succumb during the summer, especially after UtahDanny Ainge got the farm for Rudy Gobert, which increased Durant’s expected return. Neither team was willing to pay the transfer fare given how bad things looked.
Looks worse, but Durant could be rejuvenated in a new zip and might be grateful to escape the NBA Arkham Asylum And his version of Two-Face. He’s still productive, but he and Irving seem as bad on Earth as they are outside of it.
Irving is a great soloist, but he can’t extol Durant nor should Durant be in a position to be a conductor – that was the beauty of it James Harden When he was right (oh man, how long has that been?).
Irving can’t be bargained for, and he won’t blend in or hold back because he sees her as weakness and will set fire to everything he touches. Then he will stop smoking while he smokes a cigarette while it is burning, Angela Bassett-style.
But while there seem to be more contenders than ever and only Milwaukee wearing a championship scent early on, every team with champagne dreams should contact Marks to see if they can take over Durant.
And while on the subject, Marks has a lot to do with this, although Irving provides a decent amount of coverage. The nets are flush with 6-foot-3 guards but lack sport on the wings and legitimate size and girth at the tip. Harden’s disaster is exacerbated by the player’s trading in Ben Simmons Who can break it well – no flashes of an influential player appeared, no growth, and perhaps now, no health.
Lots of drama happened in a stressful period, from acting Harden to getting to Brooklyn, to acting to get out once he saw Irving wouldn’t be vaccinated. In between, there was Harden’s injury, and Irving’s injury in the 2021 playoffs that left Durant alone in that series against Milwaukee.
And he seems lonely now, not just a man without a homeland but a very good man for whoever lives in it.
The Nets don’t win games, sell tickets, or sell hope, so it’s time to end this trial prank. But they won’t, they’ll dig themselves into another PR gap with this Udoka explanation – because unlike Irving, he’ll have to answer some uncomfortable questions when it’s official, and even then a huge swath of fans in Brooklyn and beyond will feel invisible .
And that’s what Marx gives to Durant, as he manages these precious years of Durant’s career.
Durant is forced to guard positions now, which doesn’t seem to be the ideal situation for a man who has sustained an Achilles tendon injury and an MCL injury in the past four years. In Golden State, those cases looked like situational luxury, 7-foot-long arms over a defensive force.
Now, it seems like a necessity for a much older man who now has to look at his remaining years and how to maintain them.
Durant can be both blessed and cursed. He seems to be the stable guy in the face of chaos, but when there’s a lot of stability and minimal drama, he has to make some noise.
For now, it’s time for a bum and trumpet box before Durant wastes another night.