Things have grown rocky between Kevin Durant and the Nets’ leadership. It appears that KD is saying it’s either him or head coach Steve Nash.
It was reported Monday afternoon that Durant was giving the organization an ultimatum. They will need to either choose between their superstar player or their current head coach and GM.
This coming in an offseason full of drama for the Brooklyn franchise.
First, the team dealt with the uncertainty surrounding guard Kyrie Irving. While they eventually got him to stay in New York, it hasn’t been quite as easy to convince Durant.
The ultimatum itself is mind-boggling, but what makes the situation even more head-scratching is the fact that Durant had a lot to do with getting Steve Nash to Brooklyn in the first place.
In the team’s most recent head coaching search, the Nets tried to find someone that would mesh well with Durant following the fallout seen in his time with Golden State. Nash was the guy, and KD praised the hire when it was announced.
Here’s what Durant had to say about Nash as a head coach in September of 2020:
“His insight for the game, his communication, how he communicates the game of basketball is definitely going to help me as a player develop and it’s going to help the rest of the team… I’m looking forward to this man.”
He was also asked about whether he believed Nash was the right man for the job as early as this past April.
“C’mon man. Yeah. Steve’s been dealt a crazy hand the last two years. He had to deal with so much stuff as a first-time coach… I’m proud of how he focused, and his passion for us. We’ll all continue to keep developing over the Summer and see what happens.”
But, just a few months later, KD wants Nash gone.
Fans have been quick to react to the recent news on social media.
Fans react to seeing KD call for Steve Nash to be fired
Kevin Durant wanting Steve Nash gone after picking him to be the Nets head coach pic.twitter.com/tMRDzCpACz
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) August 8, 2022
Steve Nash seeing KD call for him to be fired after KD asked for him to be the coach in the first place pic.twitter.com/ozkiJgXvF4
— Pickswise (@Pickswise) August 8, 2022
Nets: “you can’t possibly want Steve Nash fired, you picked him.”
— PropSwap (@PropSwap) August 8, 2022
Many believe the Nets will choose Nash over Durant.
KD when the Nets pick Steve Nash and Sean Marks pic.twitter.com/wSmWL2Zcl6
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) August 8, 2022
Kevin Durant when the Nets choose Steve Nash over him pic.twitter.com/9djZCL86rv
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) August 8, 2022
Interesting development in Brooklyn.
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