Nets need more than 'culture' to prove questions stemming from Kevin Durant's trade demand won't loom over season
Oh, and along the way he wanted the Nets to fire general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash as a condition to keep him. “Awkward, very awkward,” Irving said of Durant’s trade request, which came after he opted into the last year of his contract. Marks pointed to Spurs culture and Heat culture, but said the Nets want to have their own — which is what? “A year of us looking in the mirror, we [messed] up as a team,” Durant said. The culture gets in the way of the practicality — is the roster championship-ready, independent of the three big pieces?wftv.com
Durant, Nets plan to move forward together instead of trade
NEW YORK — (AP) — Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets plan to stay together after all, even after the All-Star forward asked to be traded earlier this summer. The Nets said Tuesday that the team's leadership met a day earlier with Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles and “agreed to move forward with our partnership,” general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. Marks added that the goal remains to bring a championship to Brooklyn. That is certainly more likely by keeping Durant, who remains one of the best scorers in the NBA. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Report: Kevin Durant told Nets ownership to choose between him, Steve Nash-Sean Marks pairing
Charlotte Hornets v Brooklyn Nets NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Head Coach Steve Nash and Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets look on against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center on March 27, 2022 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Kevin Durant is not happy with Brooklyn Nets management and still wants to be traded barring a change, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports. Per the report, Durant met with team owner Joseph Tsai over the weekend and told him to choose between himself and the pairing of head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. Durant previously requested a trade from the Nets in June following a tumultuous season that resulted in a first-round playoff sweep to the Boston Celtics.wftv.com
For future with team, Nets want more commitment from Irving
Celtics Nets Basketball Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 25, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo)NEW YORK — (AP) — Kyrie Irving may have to show the Brooklyn Nets he's more than a great basketball player if he wants a future with the team. General manager Sean Marks made clear Wednesday that Irving will have to prove a commitment to being available to his team that wasn't there this season. Marks said they haven't had any contract discussions yet with Irving but said the Nets know what they're looking for. “We’re looking for guys that want to come in here and be part of something bigger than themselves, play selfless, play team basketball and be available,” Marks said.wftv.com
'We've seen enough:' Nets end Big 3 idea with Harden deal
Nets Kings Basketball Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) yells to forward James Johnson (16) during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. The trade ended the teaming of Durant, Irving and Harden after they played just 16 games — only two this season. The Nets have dropped 10 straight, with Durant sidelined by a sprained knee ligament and Harden sitting at the end with hamstring tightness. We’ve seen enough.’"Same with Harden, who Marks said was honest in conversations with him and owner Joe Tsai. The Nets originally decided not to play Irving at all until he could play in all their games, but brought him back part-time in December.wftv.com
Durant, Irving among 10 Nets in health and safety protocols
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — (AP) — Kyrie Irving's return to the Brooklyn Nets is starting with a trip to the NBA's health and safety protocols — and Kevin Durant is joining him. “Several months ago we made a decision that was based around what was best for the team," Marks said. Elsewhere, Chicago previously had 10 players in health and safety protocols, causing two of their games this week to be postponed. Also Saturday, Cavaliers rookie forward Evan Mobley entered health and safety protocols. A number were missing in Boston, where the Knicks added rookie Miles McBride to an injury report that grew to six players in health and safety protocols.wftv.com
Irving: Refusal to get vaccinated about 'what's best for me'
The Brooklyn Nets won't play Kyrie Irving until he can play in all their games, unwilling to let questions about his vaccination status linger into the season. “Once again, I’m going to repeat this. The Nets are championship contenders and Irving said he didn't want to miss the opportunity he has with them. General manager Sean Marks said the team would gladly welcome Irving back under the right circumstances, and Irving made clear he was going to play again. “No, I’m not retiring and no I’m not going and leaving this game like this,” Irving said.wftv.com
The Latest: Brooklyn Nets won't play Irving until vaccinated
The Brooklyn Nets won't play Kyrie Irving until he can play in all their games, unwilling to let questions about his vaccination status linger into the season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) (Elise Amendola)NEW YORK — NBA star Kyrie Irving can keep refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but he can’t play for the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets announced Tuesday that Irving wouldn’t play or practice with the team until he could be a full participant, ending the idea he could play in only road games. It started in the spring as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout took hold and some closed sectors of the economy began to reopen. Romania has registered more than 1.3 million confirmed cases and 40,071 confirmed deaths.wftv.com
Nets won't play Irving until he meets vaccine requirement
The Brooklyn Nets won't play Kyrie Irving until he can play in all their games, unwilling to let questions about his vaccination status linger into the season. The Nets announced Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, that Irving would not play or practice with them until he could be a full participant, ending the idea that he would play in only road games. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) (Elise Amendola)NEW YORK — (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets won't play Kyrie Irving until he is vaccinated. The Nets announced Tuesday that Irving would not play or practice with them until he could be a full participant, ending the idea that he would play in only road games. With Kevin Durant, James Harden and Irving, the Nets were considered a favorite to win the NBA title.wftv.com
AP source: Harden commits to US Olympic men's team for Tokyo
Brooklyn’s James Harden has told the national team that is committed to playing U.S. men's national team next month at the Tokyo Games, said a person familiar with the decision. Miami’s Bam Adebayo has also informed USA Basketball of his intention to play for the team at the Tokyo Games. Harden's decision was first reported by The Athletic, then confirmed to AP on condition of anonymity because neither the Nets star nor USA Basketball has publicly announced the move. Anthony has scored 336 points for the U.S. in Olympic play; Durant has scored 311. “I think Kevin as I said before, it’s very difficult to turn down playing for your country,” Marks said.wftv.com
Kyrie Irving fined $50,000 by NBA for attending indoor party
The NBA on Friday fined Kyrie Irving $50,000 for violating the league's health and safety protocols after a viral video showed the Brooklyn Nets star at a private indoor party without a mask on. Irving, 28, is also required to forfeit his salary for games he missed during a five-day quarantine period. Irving has missed five consecutive games for personal reasons but has not publicly addressed his absences. Earlier this week, Nets General Manager Sean Marks said the organization is "disappointed" that Irving hasn't been with the team but said Irving is "excited" about returning to the basketball court. According to ESPN, Irving will forfeit $816,898 for the two games he missed this week, which fell into his quarantine period.cbsnews.com
NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) defens Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has become a costly one. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday — though he won't play in the Nets' game that night. Their next game is Saturday against Orlando, though they ruled him out, listing health and safety protocols on the injury report. In December, Irving was was fined $25,000 by the NBA for not speaking to the media during preseason.
Nets GM: Superstars will sacrifice to make Harden trade work
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) passes the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Houston. But only the commitment from the three players will allow the Nets to fully utilize it and Marks is confident he secured that from his own players and from Harden. “I think he’s looking for a fresh start and I think these guys are going to have to sacrifice without a doubt,” Marks said. The Nets will have to fill out a roster that has holes, though Marks said he won't rush that. If they do, the Nets might meet the expectations that Marks said he won't run from.
Durant scores 34, Nets charge back from 18 down, top Nuggets
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK – Kevin Durant had 34 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, Bruce Brown made a huge contribution while starting for the absent Kyrie Irving, and the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 18 down to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-116 on Tuesday night. Durant followed with Brooklyn's next six points, including a 3-pointer that essentially put it away at 120-113 with 27 seconds to play. They want to come out and compete, and everybody came with it tonight, especially in the second half,” Durant said. Nets: Before the game, coach Steve Nash wasn't sure if Durant would play Wednesday at New York. “We have to judge these things day to day and moment to moment.” Durant said afterward he planned to play.
Steve Nash eager to get started on new career as Nets coach
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Steve Nash speaks during induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass. The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)NEW YORK Steve Nash was a leader, a guy who loved to get the best out of his teammates on the court and build relationships with them off it. And Nash, having played against Durant and Irving and becoming friends with both, is eager to impart his smarts on a roster that has plenty of skills. We have a roster that is very wealthy, and I mean that from a basketball standpoint, Nash said.
Nets hire Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash as coach
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Steve Nash speaks during induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass. The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who they said would remain on staff as Nash's lead assistant. In Steve we see a leader, communicator and mentor who will garner the respect of our players," Marks said.
Despite virus cases, Nets say no thought to skipping restart
Spencer Dinwiddie is a maybe, with his status unclear after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brooklyn Nets don't look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks said Wednesday there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. Vaughn had moved Jordan into the starting lineup, but now the job apparently goes back to Jarrett Allen. They eventually decided it was best to first come back to Brooklyn, and both Dinwiddie and Jordan tested positive after returning. He sent his family to Phoenix when the virus struck New York, only to find that Arizona's cases are now rising.