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Brooklyn Nets Fire Steve Nash

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The Brooklyn Nets have fired head coach Steve Nash seven games into the season after starting 2-5. The Nets organization stood behind Nash after Kevin Durant requested that the Nets fire Nash. The decision to part ways was reportedly mutual.

What’s Next For Brooklyn?

The current Nets players and coaches have to go with the flow and keep trying to win. The Nets have a roster that is capable of winning a championship on paper. Assistant coach Jacque Vaughn will take over as the interim coach for now. Brooklyn is already in search of new head coaches for this upcoming season. Candidates for the post are Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka, and former Utah Jazz head coach Quinn Snyder. Udoka has emerged as the front-runner. The Celitcs would reportedly let Udoka go and sign on to coach the Nets without having to trade for him.

Ime Udoka In Discussions With The Nets

Reports are coming out that Udoka is not only the front-runner but already in discussions with the team. It is important to note that the Celtics, not the NBA suspended Udoka. He would be able to step in and coach the team when he is ready. Udoka was the Celtics head coach for only one season, leading them to their first finals appearance since 2010. Before that, Udoka was an assistant with Brooklyn in the 2020-21 season. He is familiar with Durant and Kyrie Irving, that was the first year both of those players were on the Nets. Udoka could bring his defensive-minded coaching to the team, something the nets have been lacking the last few years. Hiring a head coach during the season does not typically happen, but the Nets could take the time to learn Udoka’s system early in the season.

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