Brooklyn Nets parted ways with head coach Steve Nash on Tuesday following their fifth defeat of the NBA 2022-23 regular season campaign against Indiana Pacers at home. The Nets power forward, Kevin Durant was 'shocked' to learn about the firing of the former Los Angeles Lakers point guard.
The decision was mutual between the Nets and the eight-time NBA All-Star while no players were consulted before the sacking. The Nets General Manager Sean Marks said in a statement, "We want to thank Steve for everything he brought to our franchise over the past two-plus seasons. Since becoming head coach, Steve was faced with a number of unprecedented challenges, and we are sincerely grateful for his leadership, patience and humility throughout his tenure.
"Personally, this was an immensely difficult decision; however, after much deliberation and evaluation of how the season has begun, we agreed that a change is necessary at this time. We wish Steve, Lilla and their family all the best in the future."
Kevin Durant reacts to Steve Nash firing
After losing 108-99 to Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant addressed media over head coach Steve Nash's firing and said, "Shocked, 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 turnaround always in the league, especially going into the season. You got practice games coming up so you can't think too much about it, but it was on my mind for a little bit today."
When asked about his involvement in Steve Nash's sacking, Durant said, "Nah man, let's be real. We're pros. We're veterans. We had a tough start. It was a rocky year last year, a rocky summer. We knew that everybody was being evaluated. That's just how it is in the league."
KD also talked about his relationship with Nash and stated, "I liked working with Steve Nash. I liked working with the coaching staff. It was a rollercoaster the last few years, but the core of it, basketball, is something that we all love to do. Regardless of who the coach, regardless of the circumstances coming to work, so I enjoyed coming to work with Steve."
Steve Nash shares heartfelt tweet after leaving Brooklyn Nets
Steve Nash started with thanking the Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai and his wife and co-owner Clara Tsai for 'giving him the opportunity' to manage the Nets squad. Nash went on to thank the players and coaching staff for their 'character and professionalism'. At the end, Nash praised the fans and said, "Family first and my family has found a home here and LOVES being part of this beautiful community."