The Brooklyn Nets are beyond repair, as Kevin Durant wants to be out of there yesterday.
Kevin Durant’s relationship with the Brooklyn Nets supposedly fell apart for these two reasons.
Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated tried to make sense of all the nonsense regarding the Brooklyn basketball franchise. After gathering intel on the totally toxic situation, Beck believes there were two primary factors in Durant wanting out of Brooklyn: “A rocky Nets season that end in a first-round playoff sweep; and the franchise’s soured relationship with [Kyrie] Irving, his close friend.”
Once again, why on Planet Earth did Durant willingly leave Bay Area basketball paradise for this?
Kevin Durant offseason drama: Why the Brooklyn Nets relationship is so toast
Look. The only way this era of Nets basketball was going to work was on a dang video game. The combination of mercurial superstars, a head coach with no experience whatsoever and a franchise that has never won anything of note, what could have possibly gone wrong? Durant will wander, Irving will not do mandates, James Harden will quit on you and Ben Simmons will not play at all.
Durant may still be close friends with Irving, but he is just too unreliable at this point to build a championship team around. While he can go to a team with another proven star, Irving’s days of being a focal point for a team to build around are probably over with and done. As far as Durant is concerned, he is not a kid anymore either. Durant is well into his 30s and could exit his prime soon.
What is important for Durant here is if he is indeed on the move again, he must pick a franchise that is at its very core a stable one. Whether he goes to the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns or even somehow returns to the Golden State Warriors, Durant has to go to a place where chaos is not part of their culture. He may bring some of that Nets nonsense with him, but it is what it is, alright.
There has never been a better time for the Nets to hit the reset button as a franchise than now.