The vibes are catastrophic for the Brooklyn Nets as of late.
Kyrie Irving is suspended for an undisclosed period of time for anti-Semitic postings made on his social media accounts, Ben Simmons remains to be looking for a task coming off of a again damage, and the Nets simply gave up 153 factors in a loss to the Sacramento Kings.
After the blowout loss to Sacramento, Durant talked with Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes about his commerce request and the crew total, and boy is it one thing.
I had some complaints in the summertime, and my complaints weren’t about simply me; it was about how we’re transferring as a unit. I would like us to be revered out right here within the basketball world. I don’t need gamers to have a look at us and say, ‘Oh man, these [expletive] are stuffed with s—t. That’s not the kind of crew I need to be on.’ So once we’re all enjoying like s—t, you recognize the one particular person they’re going to have a look at. That’s why I requested a commerce.”
And should you suppose it couldn’t worsen from there…
“Have a look at our beginning lineup. Edmond Sumner, Royce O’Neale, Joe Harris, [Nic] Claxton and me. It’s not disrespect, however what are you anticipating from that group? Durant requested of B/R. “You anticipate us to win as a result of I’m on the market. So should you’re watching from that lens, you’re anticipating us to play properly as a result of No. 7 is on the market.
I imply, wow.
Within the interview, Durant stated that he didn’t like how the Nets had been making ready for video games, and needed to be challenged extra and needed extra apply. Durant didn’t really feel that then-head coach Steve Nash was difficult the crew in any respect.
Within the offseason, Durant provided an ultimatum to GM Sean Marks: do away with Steve Nash, or commerce Durant. After all, neither of these issues initially occurred, and Durant and Nash labored collectively over the primary seven video games of the season till Nash was fired. Durant pulled the ultimatum later within the offseason, however the sentiment remained.
After all, there’s the entire Kyrie Irving portion of this. Irving refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which meant he would miss a number of the residence video games that the Nets performed in 2021. Many checked out Durant to try to get Irving to take the vaccine, and when that didn’t occur, Durant was labeled as somebody who isn’t a pacesetter. Durant responded within the interview.
Even because the vaccine mandate in New York Metropolis ended, Irving has created an entire new controversy for himself this yr. That cat has been out the bag for some time. The place the largest difficulty lies is with how Durant describes his different teammates, the fellows that he’s actively enjoying with now. If Durant is definitely a pacesetter, talking down on his teammates to the media in all probability wouldn’t be the way in which to go.
Nonetheless, that is Durant’s aspect of the story of why he requested a commerce over the summer season. We’ll see how lengthy he actually stays in Brooklyn.