Kevin Durant weighs in on Nets firing coach Steve Nash



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Kevin Durant weighs in on Nets firing coach Steve Nash

Kevin Durant admitted to feeling "shocked" when he learned about the Brooklyn Nets firing head coach Steve Nash. On Tuesday, the Nets announced they were firing Nash, who was introduced as the Nets' head coach in 2020 September.

"You're always shocked when a move like this happens. But it's normal in the NBA. It's about getting ready for the game tonight. It's a quick turn always in the league, especially during the season. You've got practice, games coming up, so you can't think too much about it.

It was on my mind for a little bit today," Durant said, per ESPN. Before being named as the Nets' head coach, Nash worked as an assistant for the Golden State Warriors. When Nash arrived in Brooklyn, it was his first head coaching experience.

After Nash was fired, Durant was directly asked why it didn't work out for Nash in Brooklyn. "A lot of stuff. We didn't have a healthy team. We just didn't play well. And that's what happens in the league. S--- happens. That doesn't take away from Steve's basketball IQ, how he teaches the game.

I don't think that takes away from anything. It just didn't work out," Durant explained.

Durant on Nash being fired

Durant was also asked whether the front office contacted players and asked for an opinion before firing Nash.

"Let's be real, we're pros, we're veterans. We had a tough start. It was a rocky year last year, rocky summer. We knew that everybody was being evaluated. That's just how it is in the league. So I liked working with Steve. I like working with the coaching staff.

It was a roller coaster the last few years, but the core of it -- basketball -- is something we all love to do. So regardless of who the coach [is], regardless of the circumstances, you still got to come to work. So I enjoyed coming to work with Steve," Durant said.

Shortly after Nash was fired, ESPN revealed that the Nets are likely to hire suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. The Nets will now move in a direction, while Nash will likely receive some interest from other NBA teams.

"That's the NBA. Everybody got volatility if you want to look at it. It's just a matter of -- outside people might look at what we do as bigger than what it is, but we come to work every single day. Guys have asked for trades before, coaches get fired, we have disagreements in our locker room, it happens in the NBA. But at the end of the day we all came to work. It just didn't work out on the floor," Durant concluded.