In a press release from the Brooklyn Nets sent out Tuesday at 12:59 p.m. Eastern, the team announced that it had mutually agreed with Steve Nash to end his three-year tenure as head coach.
“We want to thank Steve for everything he brought to our franchise over the past two-plus seasons,” general manager Sean Marks said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
Brooklyn assistant Jacque Vaughn will be the club’s acting HC for tonight’s home game vs. Chicago.
Suspended Boston Celtics HC Ime Udoka has immediately emerged as the front runner to replace Nash, according to multiple reports. According to ESPN’s WOJ, Udoka could be hired in the next 24-48 hours.
WOJ’s sources have indicated that Boston will allow him to take another job. After leading the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as HC, Udoka was suspended by the organization for the entire 2022-23 season for having an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate within the organization.
In fairness to Nash, it has been a complete Shit Show around him for the duration of his tenure. His first year ended when Brooklyn was sent home by Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semifinals when it lost to the Bucks at home in Game 7.
Then in Year 2, Kyrie Irving could only play in road games due to his refusal to get vaccinated. James Harden was traded to Philadelphia and Irving played in just 29 regular-season games. The Nets were punted from the playoffs when they were swept by Boston in the first round.
Then this past offseason, both Irving and Durant requested trades. Then during an August meeting with Kevin Durant and owner Joe Tsai in London, KD told Tsai that he wanted Nash gone as HC and Marks out as GM for him to stay in Brooklyn.
Although Marks and Nash were retained, Durant eventually relented on his demand to be traded. They actively shopped Irving but when no viable deal materialized, he also dropped his trade request.
Then as usual, Irving created drama galore with his typical nonsense in recent days. He used social media to promote a film, “Hebrews to Negroes,” filled with antisemitic rhetoric. Nevertheless, he wasn’t suspended by the team, even though there are strong Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
You know, like the kind filled with people that have season tickets for Nets’ games. Many of them were at Monday’s home game vs. Indiana. In fact, many of them had front row seats and were wearing shirts that said, “Fight Antisemitism.”
Brooklyn actually won against the Pacers last night, ending a four-game losing streak. However, Indiana covered the spread in the 116-109 loss as an eight-point underdog. Therefore, the Nets are mired in a five-game against-the-spread losing streak. They’re 2-5 straight and 1-6 ATS.
Even after a win, Nash is out in Brooklyn. And you know what? Good for him!
The Shit Show rolls on tonight with most books listing the Nets as two-point home favorites against the Bulls.