Kevin Durant most definitely desired to be traded this past summer season.
KD had concerns with the route that the Brooklyn Nets have been heading, and was most unquestionably not happy with the coaching. That was the report for the duration of the offseason, and he confirmed it to Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes.
In an unique interview, Durant talked to Haynes about the turmoil encompassing the Nets and their rough start off to the 2021-22 year following acquiring trounced by the Sacramento Kings, 153-121, on nationwide tv.
“It wasn’t difficult at all to ask for a trade, simply because it was about ball,” Durant explained to Haynes.
In telling his facet of the story, Durant’s problems sound like your common, day to day, upset Jimmy Butler. He was not happy with the amount of money of Nets procedures, and what they were being heading around through these periods. Durant apparently enjoys closeout drills the way most American workers enjoy a totally free lunch, due to the fact he mentioned two times that the Nets desired extra of those in exercise.
It’s nearly Thanksgiving. The Nets are even additional chaotic than they have been previous year, and enjoying even worse basketball. Ben Simmons is often on the courtroom, at times not. And when he is participating in, he has been a worse player than he was throughout his notorious meltdown in the 2021 playoffs even though with the Philadelphia 76ers. Kyrie Irving made the decision to post a hyperlink to an anti-Semetic film just times after Adidas dropped Kanye “Ye” West for continuously producing those people forms of statements publicly. Irving is at the moment suspended indefinitely and the Nets are 6-9.
However, Durant was adamant that he is good with the existing state of the Nets. He spoke positively of new head mentor Jacque Vaughn, for the reason that I guess they’re the two major fans of closeout drills at practice. Durant claimed that he enjoys having to navigate five defenders, due to the fact it is building him a better participant. When this period is at this time aimed in the reverse route of the postseason it is all superior, mainly because he receives to impart his wisdom on these inexperienced, and in accordance to him, mediocre NBA players.
“Look at our starting off lineup. Edmond Sumner, Royce O’Neale, Joe Harris, [Nic] Claxton and me. It’s not disrespect, but what are you expecting from that group?” Durant reported to Haynes. “You hope us to acquire mainly because I’m out there. So if you are viewing from that lens, you’re anticipating us to perform properly for the reason that No. 7 is out there.”
Past period, Durant felt like the crew was shifting in the incorrect direction and was getting rid of respect in the basketball world. With the Nets starting to be significantly less and significantly less centered, and taking part in “like shit,” He assumed that the blame was likely to fall on him, and explained to Haynes that is why he requested the trade.
One particular matter Durant most unquestionably clarified, is why Steve Nash received canned as Nets coach 13 times into the typical season. When the information broke that Durant experienced asked for a trade, it was claimed that he gave the Nets an ultimatum. Either hearth Nash and standard manager Sean Marks, or ship him out. Cooler heads prevailed when all sides understood that moving the 34-year-previous celebrity who had achilles tendon surgical treatment 3 decades ago would be really tough. The Nets braintrust met with Durant at his house in Los Angeles, and labored out a way for him to return.
However, Durant insisted to the media that he was “shocked” when Nash was let go.
If the Nets experienced began the season on a 5-match winning streak, probably it could have purchased Nash some time. Rather they lost 5 of their first seven games.
As the holiday season methods, apart from Nash, there isn’t considerably difference with the Nets from final season. Simmons is on the roster as a substitute of James Harden, O’neal in its place of Bruce Brown, Irving is not allowed on the flooring, and the workforce is a disappointment.
Permit Durant convey to it nevertheless, it is all fantastic. The Nets may possibly be a mess, but this is a mess that he can live with.