Ex-Nets assistant weighs in on Kevin Durant-Steve Nash situation

Durant wanted Nash fired before he decided to return to the Nets.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ex-Nets assistant weighs in on Kevin Durant-Steve Nash situation

Amar'e Stoudemire does not think that the Brooklyn Nets have a problem with egoistic personalities as he thinks Kevin Durant and head coach Steve Nash don't really have an ego. Earlier this offseason, Durant requested a trade from the Nets.

When Durant met with Nets owner Joe Tsai in London to discuss his trade request, he told Tsai he wanted Nash and general manager Sean Marks fired. Around three weeks later, the Nets announced that Durant was staying with the Nets and that all sides agreed to continue together.

Stoudamire worked as an assistant coach for the Nets between October 2020 to May 2022. “It’s always been ups and downs with coaches and star players throughout the history of the game of basketball,” Stoudemire said on SiriusXM NBA Radio, via Sports Illustrated.

“I think what they both will probably end up doing is having a conversation to try to hash it all out, and figure out a way to co-exist to compete for a championship. Both of those guys are egoless. Steve was an egoless player.

Kevin Durant is also an egoless player. He wants to win. He wants to make his teammates better. So, I think with those two guys who have that type of mentality and personality, it’ll work out for them”.

Durant agreed to stay with the Nets

The Nets never really showed too much interest in trading Durant.

The Nets were open to trading Durant, but they made it clear that a team would have to give really a lot in return for the former NBA MVP. After Durant realized that no team was willing to meet the Nets' asking price, he eventually changed his mind and decided to return to the Nets.

"Steve Nash and I, together with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday. We have agreed to move forward with our partnership. We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in our mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn," Nets GM Marks said in a statement released by the Nets last month.

The Nets still have one of the best teams in the NBA. With Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons on their roster, the Nets will be looking to win the championship next season.

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