Nets assistant Amar’e Stoudemire resigns, criticizes Kyrie Irving

Nets assistant Amar’e Stoudemire resigns, criticizes Kyrie Irving

We have a lot of ways to show that the Brooklyn Nets season didn’t go according to plan this year – most of them are currently at home despite hiring Kevin Durant – but an assistant coach is using ESPN to announce his resignation. then he calls Kyrie. Irving is quite illustrative.

Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire has spent the past two seasons as an assistant to former teammate Steve Nash. During a series of appearances on ESPN on Thursday, he revealed that he will not return to Brooklyn after a disappointing second consecutive playoff game.

And then Stoudemire started talking about Kyrie Irving.

In a discussion with Stephen A. Smith on “First Take,” Stoudemire openly admitted that Irving missed much of the season because his refusal to get vaccinated affected the Nets’ ability to form a functional team:

“It simply came to our notice then. It certainly hurt because we didn’t have enough consistency with Kyrie to build chemistry for the group with the team. He only plays away depending on the city he is in, he can’t play in New York, so you have different teams and different matches depending on the game schedule.

“So it was difficult for us coaches to figure out who would play in spite of Kyrie. Chemistry is not where we want it to be, so it was difficult for us to do that. So, yes, I realize I’m the billionth person to make that joke. of that.”

Irving’s status in Brooklyn has been an active topic of discussion since the Nets were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round.

The team had a lot of problems – including Ben Simmons’ age, coaching and absence – but general manager Sean Marks made it clear that the team needs players who are “available” in a new post-series conference. Stoudemire apparently agrees and it’s hard to imagine being alone in the Nets organization.

Brooklyn Nets quarterback Kyrie Irving, 11, is on the field in the first half of Game 4 of the first round of the NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Monday, April 25, 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

Kyrie Irving and the Nets are facing an uncertain offseason. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

Meanwhile, Irving, who has a player option for next season, said he is looking forward to continuing to lead the organization with Durant, Marks and team owner Joseph Tsai.

While talking to Max Kellerman and Jalen Rose on “Get Up,” Stoudemire applauded Marks for trying to control his situation.

“I think Sean Marks is doing a great job trying to get the power back in his hands and making sure he has control over the situation. But I think with Kevin and Ky, he has to have a real settlement. Because Kyrie, since signing with the Nets, has missed more games than he has played.

“So I think you have to have a conversation. Two of your players you see have to sit in a room and say, “Kyrie, what’s your goal? Do you want to be the best player in the game? Want to score more in this league? What are your goals ahead? And if they both understand that “hey, we want to do this special thing here, we want to win a championship,” and he’s committed to playing in those games, then I think you’ll bring him back. “

While Stoudemire was directly concerned about the problems between Irving and the Nets, he fired when Smith argued that the team must get rid of either Nash or the goalkeeper. He even claimed that Irving was obsessed with the NBA’s 75th anniversary team, which is an argument for another day:

“I do not agree with this. I think Steve and Kyrie can both figure it out. I feel like Kyrie has to make a commitment to himself and the basketball game. about how engaged he is to be a great player because I feel like Kyrie should have been on the Top 75 list. But at the same time, now you have to take that as a motivation for next season and prove you’re a player top and do this constantly throughout the season. “

We’ll see if Irving and Nash get to work or if the defender ever gets the message.

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