The Brooklyn Nets front office can finally breathe and get ready to move on.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant held the franchise hostage for way too long, and as much as they tried to make things work, that was never going to happen with those egos in the locker room.
It was always something with Kyrie.
If he wasn’t unavailable, he was making questionable statements on social media.
All the uncertainty about his future, and all the demands as if he had earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt from the Nets organization, made his stay untenable for both parties.
Also, that dysfunctional environment and Kyrie’s failure to lead the team with Durant hurt cost them the chance of having James Harden on board, which is why most people think this was a blatant failure.
Notably, that’s not the case with ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson.
Instead of a failure, Johnson believes the Nets are back to square one, and this was just an experiment that went wrong:
“Brooklyn’s in the same spot that they were in before they acquired these dudes,” Johnson said. “I don’t call it a failure because they were only together 16 games. What I call it is a bad experiment that went wrong.”
“I don’t call it a failure.”@keyshawn explains why he doesn’t think KD & Kyrie in Brooklyn was a flop. #KJM pic.twitter.com/WpSes0FeWd
— Keyshawn, JWill & Max (@KeyJayandMax) February 9, 2023
So, Johnson pretty much described what failure is, but he sugarcoated it with pretty words.
The Nets now have several first-round picks and some intriguing talents, but this was a PR nightmare from day one.
You definitely cannot blame them for trying, though, as they put together one of the most talented trios this game had ever seen.
Also, props to them for holding their ground and standing up to those guys every chance they could and for realizing when to pull the plug and just give up on this failure.NEXT: NBA Fans Are Blaming 1 Person For Nets Problems In Brooklyn