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“Steve Nash thinks he's slick” - Kendrick Perkins accuses Steve Nash of getting ejected on purpose

According to Perkins, Nash wanted to get ejected because he didn't want (or know how) to make adjustments in the final quarter.
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash

Steve Nash

While all eyes are on the Los Angeles Lakers struggles to start the season, it seems there's another team on the east coast that's going through it as well. The Brooklyn Nets are currently 1-4 and look disoriented on both ends of the floor despite Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons (who's pretty much still serviceable as a playmaker and defender) on their roster.

According to the league's tracking data, the starting lineup of Claxton, Durant, O'Neal, Irving, and Simmons has by far the lowest net rating (-35) in the league in the first week of the season. Despite Durant and Irving's best efforts to keep the team afloat, the Nets can't get past their opponents.

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Where Steve Nash comes into the picture

Nets' head coach Steve Nash, who Durant reportedly wanted fired in the offseason, remains bullish that Brooklyn won't panic because it's still finding its cohesion and rhythm this early into the season. True enough, the Nets are missing key role players such as Joe Harris and Seth Curry, who are both out due to injuries.

But in Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, a different side of Nash was unleashed. The normally calm and cooled head coach burst out with anger after the referees didn't call an offensive foul on Bucks star Giannis Antetekounmpo for allegedly shoving Nets' guard Patty Mills to the ground. Nash's outburst earned him his first career ejection as a head coach.

Kendrick Perkins thinks Nash did it on purpose

Moments after Nash was ejected from the game for continuous complaining, former NBA player and now analyst Kendrick Perkins came up with a bold claim and accused the head coach of purposely ducking the fourth quarter of the heavyweight matchup. According to Perkins, Nash wanted to get ejected because he didn't want (or, in this case, know-how) to impose adjustments in the final quarter.

Perkins has been pretty tough on the Nets this season because he doesn't believe the team can compete for a championship, given all the drama that took place in the summer. It's clear that the 1-time NBA champion is targeting Nash because he feels that he isn't the right coach for the job.

Only time will tell how far Nash leads the Nets this season. It's only been one week, and there's a lot of basketball to be played, but the team isn't off to a great start so far. Whether Nash proves Perkins and his doubters wrong is an interesting storyline to follow as the season progresses. 

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