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“Nash would call something, and he’d run the opposite” — Kyrie Irving reportedly ignored Steve Nash’s play calls numerous times

It seems Kyrie Irving never really respected Steve Nash. When you wave off your coach's plays at least 10 times, that's not creativity, but insubordination.
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash points towards guard Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving and Steve Nash

It was no secret that there was a disconnect between former Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash and his top players. But an account by a veteran opposing scout underscores how Kyrie Irving disrespected his previous coach. The anonymous scout told the New York Post that during the Nets' October 29 loss to the Indiana Pacers, he watched the controversial point guard wave off Nash's play calls and then execute something differently - on 10 separate occasions.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," the scout said. "Nash would call something, and he'd run the opposite. I've never seen anything like that."

The writing was on the wall

Right from the beginning of Nash's forgettable tenure in Brooklyn, things were already a circus show. Many fans likely remember how Irving reacted to the news of the retired two-time NBA MVP coming to town.

In a September 2020 episode of Kevin Durant's podcast, the two stars discussed the hiring of Nash, during which Irving let out the now-infamous line, "I don't really see us having a 'head' coach."

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While both Irving and Durant did express their admiration for the first-time coach, it was evident that they did not think highly of him. Imagine if a more experienced candidate was brought on board. Would Irving have still said those things?

Everything came to a head this past offseason when KAI had an impasse in his contract negotiation with the Nets, reportedly due to a "lack of respect" for Nash.

Will Irving change?

Now that Nash is out of the picture, it remains to be seen if the former No. 1 pick will submit to a different coach. However, fans will need to wait a bit longer as he is still in the middle of serving a suspension that lasts for at least five games.

Nash's replacement, Jacque Vaughn, has done a solid job so far, albeit on an interim basis. The rumors the Nets will hire Ime Udoka are still swirling. Either way, Irving could finally decide to change his ways, as both Vaughn and Udoka are well-respected in NBA circles.

But the question of if Irving will remain in Brooklyn in the long run persists. The organization has recently said that the former NBA champion is "currently unfit to be associated" with the franchise.

These are certainly trying times for the Nets and their supporters. As for other teams' fans, they're probably enjoying watching all these things unfold.

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