“Every night I’m gonna be guarded by five players” Kevin Durant left frustrated with first loss following Steve Nash’s release


“Every night I’m gonna be guarded by five players” Kevin Durant left frustrated with first loss following Steve Nash’s release

Steve Nash and Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant have the 3rd worst record in the Eastern Conference sitting at 13th position. They have one of the lowest defensive ratings in the NBA. Since being swept by the Celtics last season in the playoffs the Nets have hardly recovered themselves and yet they are again in the storm of controversy following a rough offseason.

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The Brooklyn Nets have been in the news for all the bad reasons. From Kevin Durant asking for a trade and Kyrie Irving’s anti-semitism controversy to head coach Steve Nash being fired. On Tuesday the Nets played their first game after Nash’s release, which Durant also had asked the organization about this offseason. 

Steve Nash’s job as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets hadn’t been an easy sail, especially after the last season. The Brooklyn Nets were the only team that got swept in the league playoffs last season also by a young Celtics team. Things got even more challenging when Kevin Durant asked for firing Nash and General Manager Sean Marks in the off-season.

Durant finished with 32 points in 38 minutes with 9 boards in a 108-99 loss against Chicago Bulls. But the Nets forward also had 7 turnovers in the game. Durant, for a 7ft tall, has excellent handles and also possesses the skillset to bring the ball over and create his own space. When asked about his turnovers by Brooklyn Nets beat reporter Erik Slater, visibly frustrated Durant replied; “Every night I’m gonna be guarded by five players so I’m gonna turn the ball over… The whole team is gonna guard me throughout the whole season, so get used to my turnovers.

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With a 2-6 record in their first 8 games of the season, the Brooklyn Nets are at the 13th spot in the Eastern Conference. The team has been struggling defensively especially failing to secure defensive boards. It would be interesting to see how the Nets improve under the new coach, which is yet to be decided.

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Kevin Durant says he was “shocked” by the Nets’ decision to fire head coach Steve Nash, adds “but it’s normal in the NBA”

Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant

According to Kevin Durant, he had no idea about the news and he came to know through ESPN after a nap. “You’re always shocked when a move like this happens, but it’s normal in the NBA,” Durant told reporters in the post-game conference. 

Learning about the news was definitely shocking and it has definitely occupied the mind of players in the locker room. “You’ve got practice, games coming up, so you can’t think too much about it. It was on my mind for a little bit today”, Durant said. Other players like Joe Harris, also were left surprised by the news, as players had no idea about the situation in the organization.

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Interestingly this offseason Durant had reportedly asked the organization to either trade him or get rid of Steve Nash and Sean Marks. Depending on how this season goes, the Nets are expected to make big changes.

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