Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Nets fire Steve Nash after 2-5 start

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has received his wish after all. The team fired head coach Steve Nash.

He was let go after the Nets started the season with a 2-5 record. Plus, the team is dealing with a firestorm as Kyrie Irving promoted an antisemitic documentary.

Former Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers
Steve Nash looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

GM Sean Marks said that this was a tough decision. He has a longstanding relationship with Nash, as the two were previously teammates in the NBA.

“We both felt that this was time,” Marks said at a news conference before the Nets faced the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center on Tuesday night. “It was certainly trending that way, and to be quite frank, the team was not doing what it was supposed to be doing. We’ve fallen from our goals.”

The Nets have the worst record in the NBA. The team’s chemistry with Durant, Irving, and Ben Simmons has not worked out thus far.

When Durant requested a trade this summer, he told owner Joe Tsai that he would only return with Nash being fired. Eventually, he got his wish as Nash is no longer involved with the team.

The 48-year-old was an inexperienced head coach. He had no prior coaching experience before being hired by Marks in September 2020.

He was 94-67 in one-plus seasons with the Nets. The team went to the playoffs under Nash but could not advance past the Conference Semifinals.

“A very heartfelt thanks to Joe and Clara Tsai along with Sean Marks for giving me the opportunity to coach the Brooklyn Nets,” Nash said in a statement. “It was an amazing experience with many challenges that I’m incredibly grateful for.

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“It was a pleasure to work with the players, performance team, and front office every day. I’m especially grateful to my coaching staff and video room, who are a talented group with so much character and professionalism.”

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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