Nets’ Kyrie Irving problem no one’s fault but Sean Marks

Kyrie Irving was not physically in the room when the Nets conducted their public autopsy Wednesday in Brooklyn, but he was very much there in spirit. Team management has clearly decided it is time to confront Irving on his commitment to the championship cause, and in theory, any right-minded fan would say, “Amen to that.” … Read more

Nets leaders have a lot to answer for

The second round of the NBA playoffs aren’t even finished, but the Nets have been eliminated for more than two weeks, and already are looking toward the next season. Nets general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash (yes, he’s still employed) are expected to address the media Wednesday for the first time since their … Read more

Nets offseason hinges on Steve Nash, Kyrie Irving questions

After the Nets meekly bowed out of the playoffs following a disappointing first-round sweep by the Celtics, Kevin Durant acknowledged this offseason is going to be a pivotal one for the organization and its championship window. And despite Kyrie Irving’s tone-deaf comments that he, Durant, owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks are part … Read more

For Nets, this may be as good as it gets after NBA playoff exit

Kevin Durant was never the Warriors “bus rider” that Charles Barkley tried making him out to be. Durant was the best player and two-time Finals MVP on those Golden State teams that won back-to-back titles, not to mention a figure who ranks higher on the all-time greats list than Barkley does. That would make KD … Read more

Nets got it all wrong and paid for it with NBA playoff flop

Remember the Brooklyn Nets as the worst team money could buy. Remember them as an ill-fitting set of big-name ballplayers who were expected to win a championship and then face-planted in the first round, failing to win even one playoff game. The Nets made the 2022 Celtics look like the 1986 Celtics. Boston made a … Read more

Mental, physical health keeping Ben Simmons from Nets lineup

After Nets brass reportedly met with Ben Simmons and his agent on Monday afternoon — discussing the physical and mental issues still keeping him from making his season debut — Steve Nash confirmed that it’s not just his physical health that the sidelined All-Star is dealing with. “I don’t want to overstate my understanding of … Read more

Steve Nash didn’t expect Nets guard to play

Steve Nash said he’s disappointed Ben Simmons won’t get to play in the Nets’ do-or-die Game 4 Monday night, but not disappointed in the three-time All-Star. Simmons had said he expected to play in this first-round series against Boston, and the Nets are facing elimination Monday night down 0-3. But with Simmons ruled out Sunday … Read more

Steve Nash keeping it simple as Nets try to stage historic rally

A tumultuous season filled with one colossal challenge after another has come down to the clichés for Steve Nash and the Nets. The road to their current predicament in a first-round playoff series against the Celtics has been filled with potholes — from Kyrie Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated for COVID-19, to Kevin Durant’s midseason … Read more

Nets fall into 3-0 hole after loss to Celtics

The death knell may have sounded on the Nets’ disappointing season — killed by Kevin Durant’s surprising struggles and their porous defense. The Nets lost Game 3 to the Celtics, 109-103, Saturday night before a disappointed crowd at Barclays Center and now trail in the series, three games to none. The preseason title favorites are … Read more

Steve Nash the one who must elevate game for Nets amid 0-2 hole

As a head coach in a professional sports league, Steve Nash makes perfect sense in Brooklyn the way, say, Jason Garrett once made perfect sense in Dallas. Garrett was an Ivy League-educated quarterback, the son of a coach, and a longtime NFL backup who, everyone seemed to agree, made “the room” smarter. Bingo, let’s let … Read more