The news of the Brooklyn Nets and Steve Nash parting ways caught everyone off guard. While the move was not that surprising, the timing was unexpected. Even Nets star Kevin Durant said he was blindsided by the announcement when a reporter asked about it.
"About 1:15, I woke up from my nap and turned to the right and seen it on ESPN," said Durant after Brooklyn's Tuesday evening loss to the Chicago Bulls.
When asked further about his reaction, the former MVP admitted he was surprised.
"Shocked, you're always shocked when a move like this happens," Durant remarked. "But it's normal in the NBA."
Most fans are probably laughing at Durant's statements at the postgame conference. After all, the disconnect between the team's star and coach has been widely discussed among NBA circles during the past seasons.
“I liked working with Steve.”
In addition, Durant wanted out of Brooklyn this offseason, requesting a trade and reportedly issuing an ultimatum that he would only stick around if Nash and general manager Sean Marks were fired. All three remained with the organization by the start of the regular season - until Nash's exit.
Even so, Durant insisted that he had no hand in the team's decision to let go of Nash, finishing the hypocritical statement with this.
Now that the 48-year-old coach is out of the picture, the onus of leading the Nets to the promised land now falls on his successor, which will most likely be Ime Udoka. The question is if it would matter. Rival coach and friend Steve Kerr said even he "wouldn't have done any better" if he were in Nash's position, given the drama surrounding the organization.
It remains to be seen if Brooklyn can bounce back. If they cannot, it wouldn't be a surprise to see more heads roll in the coming months.