Brooklyn Nets and Steve Nash mutually agree to part ways

Steve Nash’s time as the pinnacle coach of the Brooklyn Nets has come to an finish. The Nets and Nash have mutually agreed to half methods after a 2-5 begin to the 2022-23 NBA season, the crew introduced on Tuesday. Assistant coach Jacque Vaughn will function Brooklyn’s interim head coach, however the crew is anticipated to be on the seek for a full-time alternative for Nash. Suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka has emerged because the seemingly alternative for Nash, based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

“We want to thank Steve for everything he brought to our franchise over the past two-plus seasons,” Nets General Manager Sean Marks mentioned in a press release. “Since becoming head coach, Steve was faced with a number of unprecedented challenges, and we are sincerely grateful for his leadership, patience and humility throughout his tenure. Personally, this was an immensely difficult decision; however, after much deliberation and evaluation of how the season has begun, we agreed that a change is necessary at this time. We wish Steve, Lilla and their family all the best in the future.”

Nash was named the coach of the Nets in September 2020 after the crew had beforehand parted methods with Kenny Atkinson. The Nets misplaced within the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Milwaukee Bucks below Nash in 2021, after which they had been swept by the Boston Celtics within the first spherical final season. Both finishes had been underwhelming given the expertise on the crew. With the Nets struggling out of the gate once more this season, the group clearly felt that it was time to go in a distinct route.

While it might need been time for a training change in Brooklyn, Nash definitely confronted his fair proportion of difficulties and drama throughout his comparatively transient stint with the Nets. In some methods, his tenure appeared doomed from the beginning. Upon his hiring, Kyrie Irving mentioned that he did not actually see the Nets having a “head” coach. At that time, it was honest to surprise how a lot respect the gamers had for Nash. 

Injury points plagued the crew through the 2021 postseason. Then, Irving’s choice to not get vaccinated towards COVID-19 final season put the crew in a troublesome spot, as he was relegated to being a part-time participant. Nash needed to develop one rotation and sport plan for away video games — that Irving may play in — and a distinct one for house video games, as Irving wasn’t permitted to play in these. 

Ultimately, the state of affairs pissed off All-Star guard James Harden, who requested a commerce away from Brooklyn. The Nets traded Harden to Philadelphia in change for Ben Simmons and different items, however Simmons by no means suited up for the Nets final season, and his play has been extraordinarily underwhelming up to now this season. His aversion to capturing the basketball has made him a troublesome match alongside Irving and Kevin Durant. 

Speaking of Durant, the star ahead wasn’t Nash’s largest supporter. Durant requested a commerce away from Brooklyn over the offseason, and he reportedly advised proprietor Joe Tsai that he wished each Nash and GM Sean Marks fired. Neither was fired over the offseason, however now, simply two weeks into the season, Durant obtained his want in relation to the crew shifting on from Nash. 

Overall, Nash had a reasonably robust go of it for his first head teaching gig. Perhaps we’ll see the previous two-time MVP on a sideline once more sooner or later, however for now, parting methods looks like the very best choice for either side. After the information was introduced, Nash launched the next assertion: 

“A very heartfelt thanks to Joe and Clara Tsai along with Sean Marks for giving me the opportunity to coach the Brooklyn Nets. It was an amazing experience with many challenges that I’m incredibly grateful for. It was a pleasure to work with the players, performance team and front office everyday. I’m especially grateful to my coaching staff and video room who are a talented group with so much character and professionalism.

“Lastly, due to Brooklyn and the passionate followers who help this crew. Family first and my household has discovered a house right here and LOVES being part of this lovely group. I want the Nets all of the success on the planet and the Nash’s shall be rooting for our crew as they flip this season round.”

Moving on from Nash could also be a begin for the Nets, however he was removed from the crew’s solely situation. Whoever the crew selects to be his successor shall be taking up an inherently flawed roster that lacks defenders, rebounders and clearly chemistry. It’s early sufficient within the season that the crew nonetheless has time to show issues round, however doing so will not be a straightforward activity. 

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