Steve Nash was abandoned in Brooklyn after a 2-5 start of the season.

New York (AFP) Steve Nash is out of training for the Brooklyn Nets after a disappointing start and more controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving.

The Nets announced Tuesday that they have parted ways with the Hall of Fame guard, a day after they beat Indiana to improve the score to 2-5.

Nash arrived this season after Kevin Durant said he wanted him outside this summer, but not for much longer. The nets were another mess, with poor play on the court and bad headlines from the news.

Akbar was created – again – by Irving, who posted a link to an anti-Semitic work on his Twitter page last week, drawing criticism from Nets owner Joe Tsai.

“Since becoming head coach, Steve has faced a number of unprecedented challenges, and we are sincerely grateful for his leadership, patience and humility throughout his tenure,” general manager Sean Marks said in a statement.

“Personally, this was a very difficult decision; however, after much deliberation and evaluation on how to start the season, we agreed that a change was necessary at this time.”

Networks may move quickly to replace Nash. A person familiar with the matter said the Nets had been in discussions with suspended Boston coach Amy Odoka – a former Brooklyn assistant who is not with the Celtics this season because he was found to have violated team rules by having an affair with an employee inside. the organization. The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because those conversations have not been publicly disclosed.

ESPN first reported the conversations between Udoka and the Nets. The Nets said a decision on the team’s next coach would be made in the near future.

Nash led the Nets to a record 92-62 playoffs in both full seasons, his first as an NBA coach. But they lost Irving and James Harden to injuries during their second-round loss to Milwaukee in 2021, then floundered in the first round last season after trading Harden mid-season.

Much of their problems during the final season were caused by Irving not being available for most of their home games because he refused the coronavirus vaccination, as required at the time in New York City.

Nash handled everything as best he could, but apparently wasn’t good enough for his best player. Durant said he wanted to be traded this summer if the nets didn’t shoot Marks and Nash, but Tsai sided with them and Durant eventually retracted his request.

Nash downplayed this before the start of this season, saying he didn’t think the reports were entirely correct and that they quickly talked about their issues.

But things have started poorly this season and Nash directed some of his fiercest criticism of the team during his tenure after their loss to Indiana on Saturday night, calling their defensive efforts a “disaster” and seeing as he saw no will or will.

“We have to look deep, deep into ourselves and what we want to do, what we want to achieve,” Nash said. “Do we want to give up on this because it was difficult early on, or do we want to continue on the path and start building something?”

Much of that was overlooked because the focus was on Irving’s combative press conference defending his tweet, and the Nets beat the Pacers in Monday’s rematch to end a four-game slip.

But Nash’s tenure ended anyway a day later, hours before Brooklyn was set to host Chicago. Jack Vaughn will serve as acting head coach against the Bulls.

Tsai alluded to the ongoing turmoil around the team in his statement thanking Nash.

“My admiration and respect for him has only grown over time because he has brought hard work and positive behavior to our organization every day, even in times of extraordinary storm that has surrounded the team,” Tsai said.

Nash thanked Tsai’s family and Marks for giving him the opportunity, describing the job as “a wonderful experience with many challenges for which I am very grateful.”

Marks chose his former teammate as coach in 2020 despite having no experience on the job, citing Nash’s ability to be a link between characters as a player, when he was a two-times better player with the Phoenix Suns who finished his 18-year career in third place. . NBA roster with 10,335 assists.

But his scheming was criticized because the Nets struggled defensively throughout his tenure and often did not show the ball-moving style in attack that the Suns did, instead relying on Durant, Irving or Harden to isolate him.

Beyond player changes, Nash also had to adapt to changes on the bench. Mike D’Antoni, the two-time NBA Coach of the Year, resigned as his assistant coach after one season, leaving Im Odoka to become the Boston Celtics coach.

The Nets said a decision on the team’s next coach would be made in the near future.

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