Steve Nash was fired, Sean Marks was disheveled, and Kyrie Irving has his fingerprints on breaking up another team aspiring to the championship.

Those are three, if you keep counting.

That’s why Kevin Durant realized this flaw wouldn’t change, and his powder barrel of bad ingredients was always due to a blast and tried to get ahead of his roll in Brooklyn.

If Durant backed down on his summer trade order only because he had to, what happened during the first two weeks of this season that would give him hope that his worst fears aren’t real?

If nothing else, players know when they are in a burning house, even if they don’t admit it publicly. Durant has been in the penthouse several times to know this has no chance of turning around.

Trading him isn’t something the Nets seem to be considering, but Marks must reconsider if he really wants to act in the best interest of the organization. Perhaps foolishly, Marks thinks Ime Udoka can save his franchise – in the same way that Marks saves Udoka from the shame of Boston’s misconduct.

He claims he didn’t take any input from the players, but any guy with a sense didn’t have to — Irving disrespected this coach (or anyone else, probably), and Durant announced his feelings over the summer.

Brooklyn Nets'  Kevin Durant watches from the bench during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, October 12, 2022, in Milwaukee.  (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

The Brooklyn Nets must replace Kevin Durant with a place where his talent can be maximized. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Marks has had no answers for Irving in the wake of his recent chaos, only that the team is consulting with the Anti-Defamation League on how to proceed, and that Irving will not speak to the media for the next few days.

It seemed like a hint that his disastrous press conference on Saturday, when he was mooted about the idea of ​​being questioned over tweets containing an antisemitic film, would be repeated.

Even if Odoka is a candidate for sterling, this is the mess you want your new guy to walk in?

“We are looking for someone with balance, charisma, and accountability,” Marx said. “We are not a finished product. We do not live up to our expectations or what we should be, so hopefully this new coach will come here and put this group in the best possible place for success.”

In a way, it’s a perfect match between two teams, promising starts but internally flawed. Udoka and his brand of super honest connection with the underperforming Boston Celtics helped change their tack after January 1, leading to a trip to the NBA Finals.

Anyone see the NBA Finals roster with the Brooklyn Nets? Nash walked the plank, perhaps too inexperienced and too over the head to handle all the drama in his short time.

But hardly any coach could take this list by the Eastern Conference stacked up, even if Durant is still at the top level of the singles players, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stephen Curry.

It’s still uncommonly brilliant and basketball’s brilliance deserves to be on a show more prominent than a team with no present and no future, it seems. Whether it was his role in helping pick Nash as head coach, partnering with a devastated Irving, mistrust or committing to the nets for another four years when he didn’t have to, he fell into the corner unaided.

“I’m certainly not proud of the situation we find ourselves in,” Marks said. “I’d like to turn on ESPN or TV and not find you talking about us that way.” “I’d like to go back to basketball.”

But basketball is ugly and it will focus on the poor product on the ground that led to this, as it was almost at the bottom of all major defensive categories and fully displayed in the Nets’ fourth-quarter collapse against the Bulls in the immediate aftermath.

League sources told Yahoo Sports that the recent drama with Irving on Saturday night was the only thing stopping Nash from being fired on Sunday, but Irving can’t help Durant salvaging that vision of taking over New York with victories and sentiment from disintegrating.

Irving vacation is coming. set his watch. He’s due to be absent and maybe, just maybe, he’ll tell the team this time around.

Or maybe not.

Which is why the Nets should be doing the right thing here, start to win back the draft picks and young players by sending Durant to a place where he can be best maximized.

The Nets made Durant acquiesce over the summer, especially after Utah’s Danny Aing acquired the ranch to Rudy Gobert, increasing Durant’s expected return. Neither team was willing to pay the transfer fare given how bad things looked.

Looks worse, but Durant could regenerate into a new zip and may be grateful to escape from NBA’s Arkham Asylum and his version of Two-Face. He’s still productive, but he and Irving seem as bad on Earth as they are outside of it.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) responds in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant called for a trade this summer and then backed out, but now trading appears to be the only option. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Irving is a great soloist, but he can’t glorify Durant nor should Durant be in a position to be a conductor – that was the beauty of James Harden when he was right (oh man, since when was that?).

Irving can’t be bargained for, and he won’t blend in or hold back because he sees her as weakness and will set fire to everything he touches. Then he turns away, smoking a cigarette while it burns, Angela Bassett-style.

But while there seem to be more contenders than ever and only Milwaukee wearing a championship scent early on, every team with champagne dreams should contact Marks to see if they can take over Durant.

And while on the subject, Marks has a lot to do with this, although Irving provides a decent amount of coverage. The nets are flush with 6-foot-3 guards but lack sport on the wings and legitimate size and girth at the tip. Harden’s debacle was compounded by trading with a player in Ben Simmons that could break very well – because he showed no flashes of an influential player, no growth, and perhaps now, no health.

Lots of drama happened in a stressful period, from acting Harden to getting to Brooklyn, to acting to get out once he saw Irving wouldn’t be vaccinated. In between, there was Harden’s injury, and Irving’s injury in the 2021 playoffs that left Durant alone in that series against Milwaukee.

And he seems lonely now, not just a man without a homeland but a very good man for whoever lives in it.

The Nets don’t win games, sell tickets, or sell hope, so it’s time to end this trial prank. But they won’t, they’ll dig themselves into another PR gap with this Udoka explanation – because unlike Irving, he’ll have to answer some uncomfortable questions when it’s official, and even then a huge swath of fans in Brooklyn and beyond will feel invisible .

And that’s what Marx gives to Durant, as he manages these precious years of Durant’s career.

Durant is forced to guard positions now, which doesn’t seem to be the ideal situation for a man who has sustained an Achilles tendon injury and an MCL injury in the past four years. In Golden State, those cases looked like situational luxury, 7-foot-long arms over a defensive force.

Now, it seems like a necessity for a much older man who now has to look at his remaining years and how to maintain them.

Durant can be both blessed and cursed. He seems to be the stable guy in the face of chaos, but when there’s a lot of stability and minimal drama, he has to make some noise.

For now, it’s time for a bum and trumpet box before Durant wastes another night.

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