Steve Nash fired, Jacque Vaughn to Brooklyn

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He just calls out the other guys on his team so blatantly, he clearly wants out of Brooklyn and if I was Brooklyn, I'd be looking to trade him for as big of a haul as possible and jumpstart a rebuild.
 

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Wow. I mean, he's not wrong, but you just don't say stuff like that.
Should've put it out on one of his burner accounts.

It was about 5 minutes ago that they were 4-1 since Kyrie was benched, with a great net rating and just the one loss being by 2 to the Mavs. Back to back losses (by a combined 45 points) to the hapless Lakers and forever mediocre Kings, and this comes back up.
 

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As someone who lives in Tri-State area and who works in Manhattan, I can tell you almost literally nobody cares about the Nets. Nobody talks about them. They could go 2-80 and there’d be about as much attention paid to them as Boston College in Boston.
 

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I thought the quote with him listing off his crappy teammates was a parody account at first… he’s not wrong, but does seem like he is happy to keep pushing for a trade.
 

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As someone who lives in Tri-State area and who works in Manhattan, I can tell you almost literally nobody cares about the Nets. Nobody talks about them. They could go 2-80 and there’d be about as much attention paid to them as Boston College in Boston.
There’s a Boston College?
 

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Calling out Joe Harris and Royce O'Neal is weird because those guys have been and would be key rotation players if not starters on good teams.
 

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I do recall Paul Pierce, during the depths of the 2006 offseason, noting in an interview that he was "a great player on bad team". I think the quote got pulled out of context a bit, but it did rankle some people at the time. However, he never did go out and specify the names of teammates when referring to "bad team".

Also, when reading the actual article, some of Durant's quotes are being taken out of context here as well:

Through all the turmoil, Durant says he’s in a happy state with the team and is enjoying navigating the curveballs being thrown at him.

"It's been fun grinding with these dudes....
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In Year 16, Durant says he takes pride in remaining a top-level player and wants to set an example of how a player can maximize situations that may not be ideal. He said the Nets don't measure up with the best in the league on paper, but he hopes to instill confidence into his teammates that they have a legitimate chance against anyone.

“Look at our starting 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 asked of B/R. “You expect us to win because I’m out there. So if you’re watching from that lens, you’re expecting us to play well because No. 7 is out there.

"I’m really having a good time. I wish y'all could hear me talk during the game....
He's not wrong about the bolded, and I don't believe he is trying to throw his teammates under the bus either. Seems like he is stating, perhaps a bit inelegantly, what we know, and that is the Nets without Kyrie are Durant and some nice role players that play hard and want to win as well. Never once mentions Ben Simmons, which is all we really need to know about that issue.
 

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I do recall Paul Pierce, during the depths of the 2006 offseason, noting in an interview that he was "a great player on bad team". I think the quote got pulled out of context a bit, but it did rankle some people at the time. However, he never did go out and specify the names of teammates when referring to "bad team".

Also, when reading the actual article, some of Durant's quotes are being taken out of context here as well:


He's not wrong about the bolded, and I don't believe he is trying to throw his teammates under the bus either. Seems like he is stating, perhaps a bit inelegantly, what we know, and that is the Nets without Kyrie are Durant and some nice role players that play hard and want to win as well. Never once mentions Ben Simmons, which is all we really need to know about that issue.
I don’t specifically remember Pierce saying that but he did a lot of dumb things in his younger years so I’ll take your word for it. But while it’s pretty bad to say you’re on a bad team, actually naming players feels so much worse somehow. There’s no explaining your way out of that. If you want a trade, fine, but that’s just a dick move.
 

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Calling out Joe Harris and Royce O'Neal is weird because those guys have been and would be key rotation players if not starters on good teams.
Poor Edmond Sumner. Scrappy guard from Xavier, second rounder, bounces from Indiana to New Orleans, does his time as a two-way player and spends parts of three seasons in the G-league. Traded to Brooklyn. Waived by Brooklyn. Re-signs with Brooklyn. Finally gets a chance at some minutes because Kyrie is Kyrie....

And you get shit on by your team leader.
 

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Imagine if you're being paid $35 million per year to be the face of your business, and you go and publicly tell the customers of that business that the product sucks, and they shouldn't pay to see it.

In any other context, that'd be legally actionable. Non-disparagement clauses and whatnot.