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Nets part ways with Steve Nash, Ime Udoka approaching

The Brooklyn club have lost five of their first seven games since the start of the season.

End clap for Steve Nash. After a hectic summer, to put it mildly, calm seemed to have returned to Brooklyn. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving left for a ride, Ben Simmons is back in the game. All with Steve Nash confirmed in his role. Except that the start of the season plunged the Nets back into turmoil, with five defeats in seven games. Results well below expectations. Enough to see Nash landed. “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.“, notes the GM of the franchise, Sean Marks, when the interested party thanks the Nets for this”amazing experience» au Barclays Center.

«A decision on the team’s next head coach will be made soon.», Specifies the New York franchise. In the meantime, it is Jacque Vaughn who will swap his assistant costume for that of interim coach this Tuesday against Chicago (on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. French time). He shouldn’t stay in charge for very long: ESPN says Ime Udoka, suspended by Boston since the start of the season, should take Steve Nash’s place within 24 or 48 hours.

Penultimate defense of the League

Aged 48, the former Canadian international leader, two-time MVP of the regular season and invited to the All Star Game eight times during his brilliant career as a player (Phoenix, Dallas, Phoenix, LA Lakers) had his first experience in as head coach. He leaves the Nets with a record of 94 wins and 67 losses, he who took over in 2020. He guided Brooklyn to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021 before going off the track in four dry innings in the first round on the occasion of the 2022 play-offs. His successor will have to focus in particular on solidifying what is one of the worst defenses in the League: the Nets are penultimate in the “defensive rating” (average of points conceded per 100 possessions) with 119.1 points. All in the hope that new controversies will not come to rot the climate a little more. Currently, it is Irving who is in the spotlight after promoting an anti-Semitic film, even if the American international leader defends himself from any form of racism.

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