The Brooklyn Nets and head coach Steve Nash will go their separate ways. The franchise confirmed the 48-year-old’s release in a press release.
“We would like to thank Steve for everything he has done for our franchise over the past two seasons. We are truly grateful for his leadership, patience and humility throughout his tenure. For me personally, this has been a very difficult decision, but After careful consideration and evaluating the course of the season, we agreed that a change was necessary at this point,” said Nets general manager Sean Marks.
Nash also made a statement. “A big thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity to coach the Brooklyn Nets. It has been an amazing experience with many challenges for which I am incredibly grateful,” wrote the 48-year-old.
A decision on a successor will be made in the near future, the franchise said. Noisy ESPN Ime Udoka, who was suspended from the Boston Celtics in September, is considered the favorite to be head coach at the Nets. A possible change could therefore take place within the next 24 to 48 hours. The upcoming match against the Chicago Bulls will be loud The Athletic Assistant Coach Jacque Vaughn will head coach the team.
Nash, who played alongside Dirk Nowitzki for the Dallas Mavericks for a long time as an active player, took over as head coach at the Nets in September 2020. With a record of 2-5, Brooklyn had a weak start to the current NBA season.
Brooklyn Nets: Concern about superstar Kevin Durant
Recently there had always been unrest in the franchise. Superstar Kevin Durant gave the franchise owner an ultimatum over the summer, media reported. Either he leaves the team or the sporting leadership around Coach Nash is said to have been the demand.
The Nets had already failed in round one in the past playoffs at the Boston Celtics. During the season, superstar James Harden was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. In addition, there was chaos around Kyrie Irving, who refused the corona vaccination and was therefore not allowed to be used.