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As the Brooklyn Nets’ tumultuous season continues, some would encourage Gov. Joe Tsai not to hire suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka to fill Brooklyn’s open coaching position.
According to the NBA reporter Mark Stein, “loud voices” prompted Tsai to hire someone else to replace fired head coach Steve Nash. This is especially the case “given the considerable turmoil Brooklyn has already experienced this season.”
Not too long ago, the Nets seemed to be on an ideal trajectory.
Heading into the 2021-22 season, they had a Big Three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden and championship aspirations. Then the season started, and Irving missed time because he wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19, Durant was sidelined at times with injuries, and Harden was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Brooklyn was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Celtics, and an offseason of Irving and Durant trade rumors escalated to the point that the latter gave Tsai an ultimatum to trade him or fire Nash and the manager. General Sean Marks, by Shams Charania of L’Athlétisme.
The organization backed Nash in the offseason, but they ultimately fired him after a 2-5 start. The team has since suspended Irving for promoting an anti-Semitic film on his social media accounts and for failing to apologize or speak out against the post when given multiple opportunities.
As for the position of head coach, Charania previously reported that Udoka was the “strong favourite” for the job.
While Udoka led the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season, Boston suspended him ahead of the 2022-23 campaign for at least a year.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that an independent law firm investigated the coach and “found that he used foul language in his dialogue with a female subordinate prior to the start of an inappropriate working relationship with him. wife”.
In addition, he allegedly used “verbiage” which was “deemed particularly concerning the provenance of a superior” and would have made a reinstatement after a single season “difficult”.