Brooklyn Nets players could face head coach rift

Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets says they held a players-only meeting after their loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, October 29.
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KEY POINTS

  • The Nets are in shambles after another loss to the Pacers
  • Steve Nash notes Nets lack of effort in latest mission
  • Players-only meeting reportedly held after loss to Pacers

The Brooklyn Nets hold a 1-5 win-loss record this season, and their woes have no end in sight.

Kyrie Irving is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, while head coach Steve Nash finds himself in the pressure cooker.

In an interview with PTV Sports with American sportscaster and editor Roland Lazenby, he shares his assessment of the type of play Brooklyn Nets players show Nash on the court.

“Brooklyn, I think players frankly want to get their coach fired. They kind of play like that, you know, when players don’t want to play for a coach. They kind of go through the motions,” Lazenby said.

“I don’t know if that’s what’s happening in Brooklyn, but it kinda smells like that.”

In the latest update from the Nets camp, the players reportedly held a players-only meeting following another loss to the Indiana Pacers at home, 116-125, on Saturday, October 29.

This was revealed by Nets first-year player Ben Simmons in a report by Yes Network.

“We had a conversation that I obviously won’t talk about. But it was honest,” Simmons told reporters. “That’s what winning teams do: hold each other accountable, be able to be open and talk to your teammates, and respect that.”

However, Kevin Durant played down the allegations and shed some light on the matter.

“Whether it’s a planned meeting or not, I think we all talk about what we need to do as a team every day. So whether it’s after a loss or if it’s considered like a ‘meeting,’ we’re always in constant dialogue about what we need to do as a group. So I wouldn’t say it was anything special,” the former Most Valuable Player said. of the NBA.

For his part, Nash appeared aware of the lack of effort and will of the players in their match against the Pacers.

“It was a disaster”, Nash said. “How else can I put it? I didn’t see the will. I didn’t see the desire or the connectivity to get saves and rebounds.”

The Nets are scheduled to face the Pacers again on Monday night, October 31 at Barclays Center.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash (L) could experience divisiveness within the team as they continue to sputter this 2022-23 NBA season.
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