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“This is a wasted four years” — Charles Barkley blasts the Brooklyn Nets for wasting their championship window

What was supposed to be 3 years of championship expectations led by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving turned out to be the most chaotic and dramatic years for the Nets.
Inside the NBA analyst Charles Barkley, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and guard Kyrie Irving

Charles Barkley, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets are the most dysfunctional team in the NBA right now. They have the most unpredictable superstar in Kyrie Irving, who is currently serving a suspension because of anti-semitism, a broken Ben Simmons who is nursing a knee injury on top of the early changes and issues they've addressed to their coaching staff.

The Nets also just lost 2 straight games to the Sacramento Kings (giving up 153 points! The most in the NBA this season) and Los Angeles Lakers. It feels as if Kevin Durant, who came to Brooklyn to drive the bus, is leading and carrying his team alone.

Although truthfully, this has been the case for the Nets over the past couple of seasons. It seems it's been the same script with different characters (James Harden just so happened to leave early) every year. And for the past four seasons, their only achievement to show is an Eastern Conference Semifinals Playoff appearance. That's why former NBA player and Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley thinks this has been a wasted 4 years for the organization and everyone involved.

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Barkley gives the Nets organization the cold hard truth

According to Barkley, the whole Nets organization should be blamed for wasting the 4-year window they had to be competitive. What was supposed to be 3 years of championship expectations led by Durant and Irving turned out to be the most chaotic and dramatic years for the organization. Because of that, Brooklyn is in this position today on the verge of making what Barkley identifies as wholesale changes.

"It's so amazing to me about basketball. This team has been around for 4 years, and when they went there 4 years ago, we were all like, 'they're gonna win a couple of championships.' They aren't even close and it's almost over. Because at the end of this year, there's gonna be some wholesale changes. When you got a good team, you gotta take advantage of it. You can't be screwing around with it. This is a wasted 4 years for these guys," Barkley said on Tuesday's NBA TNT segment.

Is there hope for the Nets?

Considering Durant's tenure with the Nets, it seems crazy to think about how the organization has spiraled downwards. KD sat out his first year because he was recovering from an Achilles injury, then formed a Big 3 alongside Harden and Irving in Brooklyn the following season (while giving up their depth), but injuries and his shoe size got in the way.

Then in Durant's third year, his Nets got swept by the Boston Celtics, which led him to request a trade but to no avail, and now here he is, stuck in a ship with Irving and Simmons — who are wasting $70 million of the team's cap space.

Case in point, there's a lot of blame to go around the Nets organization from the owners and management to the players and even the Steve Nash administration. All of these people involved are responsible for turning an aspiring championship contender into a dysfunctional franchise in the span of 4 years. At this point, all I can say is, I'm sorry, Nets fans. 

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