Thursday, May 12, 2022

Nets GM sends a clear message about who is responsible for the team

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That Brooklyn Networks was asked who is really in charge of the team since it took on its two stars, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. There has long been speculation in league circles about the power that the two stars from Brooklyn have in the organization. Some of this is typical of superstar players. Some was evoked by the two’s own words. Kyrie bore some of him into his famous appearance on Durant’s podcast in 2020 when he said the Nets don’t need a head coach.

For context, the two spoke about hiring Steve Nash, and Irving said:

“And I think it will also change the way we see coaches. I don’t really see that we have a head coach. You know what I mean? KD could be a head coach. I could become head coach.”

Those aren’t the only statements that suggest Irving and Durant have a lot of control over what happens in Brooklyn.

On Wednesday, May 11, Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash spoke to reporters at a news conference. One of the issues was player empowerment and whether Durant and Irving have too much power.

“I think that’s a bit of a misnomer when people think player empowerment means you just let them do what they want. That wasn’t the case when Steve (Nash) was a player. That wasn’t the case when I was a player on one of the teams we were on. That’s not the case here.” Mark said.

However, Marks said it was important for him to keep her informed of front office decisions.

“I think involving the players in important decisions at certain points in the season is the right way to do it. There is nothing worse than when players are surprised by something. They want to feel like they’re a part of it. This is how we run our organization here. That’s how I’ve been running it since 2016.” Marks continued. “We work together. We are together from top to bottom, from ownership to the end. I will have everyone’s opinion. I think it’s valuable. It doesn’t always mean that we agree. Were not. That’s the fun part of it. The same applies to the players. I want them to know that they are part of it. Steve will do the same when talking to players about whether a particular game is going on and getting their opinions on defensive plans. At the end of the day, this is where the buck stops.”

So Sean Marks likes to engage players in a “collaborative” environment, but what about star players like Kevin Durant? If he wants to make a personnel decision, does it come about?

for over a year people have speculated about whether Kevin Durant secretly pulls some strings for Nets front office decisions. That the superstar is a driving force in some of his big transactions. It’s no secret that KD is a player that teams want to play with, but GM Sean Marks refuted claims that Durant isn’t as involved as many think he is.

“At the end of the day, and most of the time, I make those decisions. I don’t go up to Kevin (Durant) and say, ‘Do you want this person? Do you want this person?’ I don’t think it’s fair to attribute that to Kev. Does anything surprise him now? Absolutely not,” said Sean Marks at his May 11 press conference.

Marks seems to take offense that someone other than him is in control of the Brooklyn squad and took the opportunity to clarify. He also talked about some of the Teams plans for the upcoming offseason. The Nets post-season squad had some obvious holes, some of them clearly from Marks’ decision making. How does the Nets GM answer those calls to build the best possible team around Kevin Durant? We’ll see this off-season, but he made one thing clear on May 11, he’s the one responsible for making those decisions.

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