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The Brooklyn Nets have fired head coach Steve Nash just days after a situation involving the sharing of an antisemitic movie by Kyrie Irving.
Weird things are happening with the Brooklyn Nets. In the latest of a string of news, Steve Nash was fired by the team after leading the team to a 94-67 record over his time as coach. The Nets are just 2-5 so far this season.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that there have been discussions with management and Nash, and though the reasons for the split are on-court related, it’s hard to ignore what has happened over the last several days.
Just over the weekend, Kyrie Irving shared a link on Amazon to a movie that contained antisemtic themes. The Tweet has since been taken down, but only after days of criticism, including a fiery back-and-forth with Nick Friedell in a press conference.
On Monday night, Irving was not available to the media. Steve Nash was, and he said to the media he hopes the team will grow from the situation. Just days ago, Nash made comments about the locker room having to had endured several “situations” over the last few years and said they were “immune” to things like this. Some read that as a jab at Irving.
Also on Monday night, fans wore shirts that said ‘Fight Antisemitism’ courtside.
Irving has not been disciplined, though Nash did indicate the organization talked with him about the Tweets.
Nash released a statement:
In the offseason, Kevin Durant requested a trade if Nash and others were not fired.
Who will coach the Nets now that Steve Nash has been fired?
On a SportsCenter broadcast, Wojnarowski reported that suspended Celtics head coach Ime Udoka could be considered, as could Quin Snyder, former Jazz head coach who resigned but is still under contract with Utah.
For now, Jaque Vaughn stands in as the interim head coach.