Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has remained coy about the organization’s decision not to hire Ime Udoka and has also revealed that he has not spoken to Kyrie Irving since his suspension from the team nearly a week ago. although he has kept in touch with the player’s team. representatives.
“Nothing to share,” Marks told reporters on Wednesday, ahead of the Battle of New York at the Barclays Center. “At the right time, when we talk and if there’s an update to share, I’ll be sure to share it.”
It wasn’t until last Thursday when, according to a team statement, Irving was “currently deemed unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets,” following “repeated failures” to dismiss anti-Semitic claims when “a clear opportunity was given to do so” after the promotion. of ‘a film of deeply disturbing anti-Semitic hatred.’
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks has had no contact with Kyrie Irving and has remained coy about speculation about Ime Udoka’s snub for the head coach role
Irving has been banned from the Nets for at least five games for ‘repeated failures’ to dismiss anti-Semitic claims when ‘given a clear opportunity to do so’
Former Boston head coach Ime Udoka was heavily considered by the Nets but ‘strong votes’ chose the franchise’s front office not to go along with the preferred candidate
The 30-year-old Australian-born point guard was given a five-game suspension as a result and his return is subject to certain circumstances, including ‘apology/condemnation’. [the] film, a $500,000 donation to anti-hate causes, sensitivity training, anti-Semitic training, meeting with ADL, Jewish leaders, and meeting with [owner] Joe Tsai to show understanding,” said The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Last Friday it was revealed by ESPN that the Nets and Irving had reached a point of no communication and that conversations were only being held with his agent and stepmother, Shetellia Ray.
During that time, owner Joe Tsai resisted any noise regarding the indefinite suspension of the one-time NBA champion, a stance that both Marks and league commissioner Adam Silver reportedly refused to take, as he preferred to give his star another one. opportunity to apologize, because as well as redeem and educate themselves.
Irving was fortunate to have the owner of Nets by his side as he was reported to have ignored Tsai’s text messages and dismissed the thought of meeting the Anti-Defamation League.
However, the seven-time NBA All-Star quickly came out of his shell and shared a public apology on his Instagram profile not long after. He was then asked to meet Silver, with whom he spoke “productively,” league sources reported.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly opposed hiring Udoka, who is serving a season ban for failing to disclose an affair he had with a female Celtics employee.
Nets owner Joe Tsai countered any noise regarding Irving’s indefinite suspension from the team
Irving’s suspension is up to the player. the athletic.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn’s general manager continued to keep quiet about the franchise’s plans to go with ex-Celtics head coach Ime Udoka as the team’s bench leader.
“As with all the searches we’ve ever done, whether it’s the front office of the coaching staff, it’s never appropriate to talk about who has or hasn’t been a candidate for this job,” Marks emphasized. “All I can tell you is that there’s been an exhaustive search, we’ve searched candidates, and we’ll leave it at that.”
Before the Nets gave assistant Jacque Vaughn the reins to lead the team as their newest head coach, it was reported by Marc Stein that “strong votes” had led to Tsai’s reluctance to hire Udoka, who had been suspended for a season by the Celtics for a “volume of violations,” Boston owner Wyc Grouscbeck previously stated, describing the teamless head coach’s affair with implies a female employee.
Silver was part of these ‘strong voices’, according to NetsDaily.
Durant and Marks reportedly favored bringing Udoka to the fold after ex-head coach Steve Nash fired
Tsai’s persistence in blocking all the noise surrounding Irving’s suspension and Udolka’s close ties to the organization seemed to pay off, with the 2-2 under Vaughn after beating the Wizards and Hornets. The team’s two losses have come against teams with better records than them in the Mavericks and Bulls.
“Personally, I like the way the team is playing,” said Marks. “I mean, they fought at a high level. They have clearly gathered around each other. They have gathered around the technical staff. They have gathered around JV. He’s been the catalyst for that, so I have to give him credit.’
And while Nets’ GM and franchise player Kevin Durant were ready to name Udolka after Steve Nash’s family, the organization as a whole gives credit where credit is due.
“JV more than deserves this,” Marks added. “He showed it, he proved it. So we took into account what we knew about JV and the person he is.’
The Nets have decided to move forward with assistant head coach Jacque Vaughn as the team’s new leader
Vaughn appears to have rejuvenated a team that has been in some sort of crisis for all the wrong reasons lately and is ‘OK’ with rumors that he was not the first choice for the Nets.
“I said to my wife, I might not have been her first choice and we’ve been together for 20 years, so it could all be fine,” the 47-year-old joked.
One of the first challenges the new Nets head coach will face is reopening lines of communication with Irving since last week’s suspension.
“I hadn’t spoken to Ky,” Vaughn said. ‘And I still haven’t. I thought in the capacity I served that it was not my place to do that. I have always understood my limits as an assistant coach. That could change in the future to the position I am in now.’