“You’re always shocked when such a move happens,” Durant said after a 108-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. “But it’s normal in the NBA. It’s about getting ready for the game tonight. It’s always a quick turnaround in the league, especially during the season. You have training, and matches are coming up, so you can’t think too much about it. That’s been on my mind for some time today.”
Durant said he found out about the news about Nash at about 1:15 p.m. ET after he woke up from a pre-game nap and watched ESPN. Nets general manager Sean Marks said before the game that no player was consulted before the decision, which is notable, given that Durant requested that Nash and Marks be fired over the summer before his pre-season commercial request was cancelled.
Durant developed a strong relationship with Nash during their time with the Golden State Warriors, when Nash worked as a player development consultant. He was asked why he felt it didn’t work out with Nash in Brooklyn.
“A lot of things,” Durant said. “We didn’t have a healthy team. We didn’t play well. That’s what happens in the league. S— it happens. It doesn’t detract from Steve’s basketball IQ, how he knows the game. I don’t think that detracts from anything.” It didn’t work out.”
Durant said he hasn’t spoken to Nash yet since the move became official. With Jack Vaughn as interim head coach, the Nets dropped to 2-6 after Tuesday’s loss. Durant has said several times over the past year, and reiterated again Tuesday night, that he did not feel Nash was treated fairly given all the circumstances surrounding his two-and-a-half year tenure.
“Let’s be real, we’re professionals, we’re veterans. We had a rough start,” Durant said when asked if he had been consulted about the decision beforehand. “It was a rocky year last year, a rocky summer. We knew everyone was being evaluated.
“That’s exactly the way it is in the league. So I loved working with Steve. I love working with the coaching staff. It’s been a rollercoaster for the past few years, but the core – basketball – is something we all love to do no matter what the coach is.” [is]No matter the circumstances, you still have to come to work. So I enjoyed coming to work with Steve.”
Durant was asked if he feels there is too much volatility around the team so that he can win over time.
“This is the NBA,” Durant said. “Everyone has their ups and downs if you want to look at them. It’s just a matter – outsiders may view what we do as bigger than it is, but we come to work every day. Guys have asked for deals before, coaches are fired, we have disagreements.” In our locker room, it happens in the NBA. But at the end of the day, we all came to work. It didn’t work out on the floor.”