Charles Barkley launched a stunning attack on Australian basketball star Ben Simmons and his Brooklyn Nets teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, claiming that the trio Responsible for launching the Nets coach Steve Nash.
The Nets parted ways with Nash on Wednesday after Brooklyn’s disappointing 2-5 start to the season, which was marred by off-court feuds and poor on-court harmony.
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Barkley accused Simmons, Durant, and Irving of behaving like “fools and fools,” which ultimately resulted in Nash being made a “scapegoat” for the dysfunctional team.
“It’s just a bad look. From a general perspective, I let these guys fire this guy from his job because they were acting like idiots,” Barkley said on the NBA on TNT broadcast.
“This is all about Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. Steve Nash is just a scapegoat which is really unfortunate. This thing is never going to work when he (Irving) said ‘We’re all the coach’.”
“This team did really well in the playoffs[two years ago]so no one was talking about how bad coach Steve Nash was at the time. All of a sudden, these guys started acting like idiots and idiots and now it’s like ‘Oh Steve Nash can’t train.’” ”
After a 15-month hiatus due to injury, Simmons has been far from his best since returning to the field, averaging 6.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists to start the season – well below his career standards.
The Australian has struggled to beat both Durant and Irving, who have also attracted their fair share of unwelcome headlines lately.
Durant reportedly requested that Nash’s contract be terminated in the off-season, before a last-minute back lip that saw the situation settled.
Meanwhile, Irving refused to vaccinate last season, before raising a problem the past two days by retweeting a link to an anti-Semitic film, before doubling down on the situation at a subsequent press conference.
Steve Nash sacked as NBA coach amid Brooklyn Nets chaos
Nash eventually paid the price for his inability to treat his star players in a way that would produce results on the field.
However, the decision left many NBA fans and pundits speculating that Nash will actually be relieved that he no longer has to deal with the never-ending problems that arise from within the Nets organization.
The former NBA MVP, whose coaching record with the Nets was a commendable 94-67, released a statement about His Twitter account after being removed.
“It has been a pleasure working with the players, performance team, and front office every day,” Nash said.
“I am especially grateful to my coaching team and video room who are a talented group with a lot of personality and professionalism.
“Finally, thanks to Brooklyn and the passionate fans who support this team. Family first and my family have found a home here and love being a part of this beautiful community. I hope the Nets have all the success in the world and the Nash will be a rooting for our team as they transform this season.”
The Nets have reportedly already arranged a replacement for Nash, with Boston Celtics coach Aimee Odoka expected to be given the job position according to Athletic’s Shams Charania.
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