The Brooklyn Nets may as effectively hand head coach Steve Nash his strolling papers now. The extent of respect the locker room has for coach Nash feels at an all-time low, which says lots. Nash by no means had management of the workforce, which was highlighted over the weekend following an NBA summer time league recreation.
Following a 26-point, 7-assist efficiency in a win over the 76ers Sunday, second-year guard Cam Thomas was interviewed after the sport the place a reporter hit him with a remark from Nash.
“I used to be speaking to your coach Steve Nash,” the reporter mentioned. “He’s encouraging you to search for your shot and your teammates.”
Thomas rolled his eyes. “It’s what it’s,” he replied.
Cam has the potential to be participant, however that is simply unhappy on the floor. This comes off as Nash having zero respect within the Nets locker room. That will not have been Thomas’ intent right here, however the optics of him rolling his eyes after listening to about constructive criticism from his coach should not good.
It’s attainable Thomas rolls his eyes on the negative narrative round his passing potential, however understanding a lot in regards to the state of affairs in Brooklyn, that seems like a minor difficulty. The underside line is that Nash’s “authority” was usurped earlier than he coached an NBA recreation. When Kyrie Irving commented earlier than the 2020-21 season in regards to the Nets teaching state of affairs being a collaborative effort, Nash was doomed to fail.
“I don’t actually see us having a head coach,” Irving said when showing on Kevin Durant’s new podcast The ETCs. “You realize what I imply? KD may very well be a head coach. I may very well be a head coach.”
Nash walked onto the job with little credibility as a coach and no expertise. We see what’s occurred inside that group over the past two seasons with Nash “calling the pictures.” Genuinely, it’s been Irving and Durant making the selections whereas Nash shrugs his shoulders as nothing greater than a figurehead.
As a two-time NBA MVP (back-to-back at that), eight-time All-Star, and seven-time All-NBA choice, you’d think about that resume would garner extra respect amongst as we speak’s gamers. That couldn’t be any farther from the reality on this state of affairs. Nash has been in over his head from the beginning, and it’s solely gotten worse.
I blame everybody concerned, from possession proper right down to Kyrie and KD. Nets proprietor Joe Tsai opted for the fast repair in bringing Durant and Irving to Brooklyn. Tsai just about handed over the franchise to his star gamers, and we see how that’s labored out. It’s not straightforward to be LeBron James or try to repeat his blueprint.
Not everyone seems to be born to steer. I believe everybody lastly realizes that Durant isn’t a leader like LeBron or Stephen Curry. Durant will be your finest participant, however he wants different gamers who can deal with management obligations. It’s simply not in him. And Kyrie is Kyrie, and that’s what he’ll proceed to be. He does his personal factor and has his personal fashion of “management,” which nobody desires to observe. Boston and Brooklyn are nice examples of Irving’s management abilities being displayed, and neither labored out.
It does really feel like Tsai is lastly making an attempt to wrest management of his workforce away from his stars. The Nets are attempting to commerce KD, and that course of is transferring slowly. And as soon as a Durant commerce is secured, an Irving commerce will doubtless observe. There can be no motive to proceed coping with Kyrie as soon as Durant is gone.
For Nash, I really feel like that is it. He’s strolling the plank this season into the abyss. The group by no means empowered Nash to even make of us suppose he was in cost. He’s primarily simply been there to fill a spot. If the Nets rid themselves of their stars, I don’t see the Nash state of affairs getting any higher. A few of Brooklyn’s younger gamers like Thomas have witnessed all the pieces between Durant, Irving, and the franchise. There’s no clear manner to enhance that locker room with Nash sticking round.
Hopefully, Tsai has realized his lesson in regards to the fast repair. They put collectively a “tremendous workforce” with KD and Kyrie, then traded a haul for James Harden. Nothing has labored, and Brooklyn has gained one playoff sequence in three years. I believe everybody has seen sufficient, together with Joe Tsai, and it’s time to drop off the baggage and transfer on.
Irving needs to go. Durant desires to go, and they need to grant him that want. Then it’s time for Nash to go as effectively. How do you achieve management of a locker room you by no means managed within the first place? You don’t. Blow this ship up Brooklyn and begin constructing the proper manner. Even when the Nets run it again yet another time, they in all probability aren’t going to win a championship anyway.