Nets GM Sean Marks hasn't talked to Kyrie Irving, does not address Ime Udoka's candidacy for coaching job

NEW YORK CITY — Six days after suspending Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets basic supervisor Sean Marks stated he has actually not talked to Irving. “I have talked to his representatives,” Marks stated at Barclays Center on Wednesday. Asked for an upgrade on Irving, he stated there is “nothing to share” on that front. 

“At the appropriate time, when we do talk and if there’s an update to share, I will certainly share it,” Marks stated. 

Last Thursday, the group revealed that Irving was “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets” after duplicated failures “to disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so” in the week that had actually passed considering that Irving advertised “a film containing deeply disturbing antisemitic hate.” As such, they suspended him for a minimum of 5 video games without pay, with his return contingent on him pleasing “objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct.” 

Last Friday, ESPN reported that the Nets had actually not been interacting with Irving straight, just through his agent/stepmother Shetellia Riley — while group owner Joe Tsai was withstanding calls to suspend him from Marks and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, as he chose to offer Irving an opportunity to inform himself about antisemitism and say sorry, Irving was neglecting Tsai’s text and declining to talk to Anti-Defamation League.

Shortly after the suspension, Irving published an apology on Instagram. On Tuesday, he met NBA commissioner Adam Silver, according to The Athletic

The early morning after the suspension and the apology, Marks informed press reporters in D.C. that there had not sufficed discussion in between Irving and the group, including that the length of the suspension will eventually depend on Irving, through The Athletic.

Asked why Brooklyn did not employ Ime Udoka to coach the group, due to several reports that the franchise was preparing to do so, Marks stated: “Like all other searches we’ve ever done, whether it’s front office of coaching staff, it’s never appropriate to talk about who may or may not have been a candidate for this job. All I can tell you is that there was an exhaustive search, we went through candidates and we’ll leave it at that.” 

Prior to the Nets hiring Jacque Vaughn as coach, Marc Stein reported that “strong voices” had actually advised Tsai to retreat from Udoka, who is presently serving a one-year suspension from the Boston Celtics for “a volume of violations,” in the words of Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, consisting of an unsuitable relationship with a lady who works for the group. NetsDaily reported that those “strong voices” originated from the commissioner’s workplace.

The New York Post reported that a number of females who work for BSE Global, the Nets’ moms and dad business, raised issues about the possible hire at a personnel conference. Stein reported that Udoka was the favorite of Marks and franchise gamer Kevin Durant. 

Marks applauded Vaughn’s competitive spirit and capability to get in touch with gamers, stressing that the group had actually reacted well throughout his stint as acting head coach. (Brooklyn parted methods with Steve Nash last Tuesday.) Marks explained Vaughn as “a very stable, poised-under-pressure gentleman.”

“Personally I like the way the team has been playing,” Marks stated. “I mean, they’ve been competing at a high level. They’ve obviously rallied around each other. They’ve rallied around the coaching staff. They’ve rallied around JV. He’s been the catalyst for that, so I’ve gotta give him credit.”

Vaughn formerly coached the Nets on an interim basis after they parted methods with Kenny Atkinson in 2020. He was a finalist for the full-time task after the NBA bubble, however the group opted for Nash.

“JV is more than deserving of this,” Marks stated. “He has shown, he’s proved it. So we factored in what we knew about JV and the person he is.”

Marks stated that the “camaraderie has been great” in current video games, including that the gamers are “having fun” and are “enjoying each other.”

Asked when the franchise approached the choice to employ Vaughn, Marks stated: “Jacque has always been a candidate and somebody we have to look at. We’ve obviously got a lot of data points with JV. Over the course of this last week, these last sort of four games, it became evident that we didn’t need to look elsewhere.”

Marks continued: “In order for us not to pick JV, we had to find somebody that was going to be more impressive. And more of a fit for this group. And there wasn’t one.”

In Vaughn’s four-game stint as acting head coach, Brooklyn lost to the Bulls, beat the Wizards and Hornets and after that lost to the Mavericks. He will make his launching in his brand-new function on Wednesday versus the New York Knicks. 

Vaughn joked that he was a “write-in candidate,” referencing Tuesday’s election. “But I’m OK with that,” he stated. “I said to my wife, I might’ve not been her first choice and we’ve been together 20 years, so it can all work out.”

There has actually been an “ongoing conversation” with Marks, Vaughn stated, on the possibility of contributing to the training personnel. None of the existing personnel will be leaving the group, he stated. 

Like Marks, Vaughn stated that he has actually not talked with Irving considering that the suspension. 

“I hadn’t talked to Ky,” Vaughn stated. “And I still haven’t. I thought in the capacity that I was serving that it wasn’t my place to. I’ve always understood my boundaries as an assistant coach. That could change going forward in the position that I’m in now.”

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