The past couple of years has been a bit of a wild ride for the Brooklyn Nets.
The expectations were at an all-time high after signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and adding James Harden to that mix only made them even more of a potential contender.
So, when the Big 3 collapsed, and they swapped Harden for Ben Simmons, some pretty much lost all of their faith in the Nets.
Then, Steve Nash got fired, and new coach Jacque Vaughn managed to turn the culture around in the blink of an eye, and a lot of that has had to do with the players’ mindset.
Recently, NBA veteran Patty Mills explained why this season has been so different in Brooklyn, stating that all the players have finally bought in and are playing for a common goal:
“What you’re getting is everyone being able to buy into what you’re doing here,” Mills said.
"What you're getting is everyone being able to buy into what you're doing here"
– Patty Mills on what's been different for the Nets this season going through a stretch without Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/IgZ7UKi39X
— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) January 31, 2023
Durant and Irving drew plenty of criticism — and rightfully so — for the Nets’ shortcomings and also because of how they tried to control the team’s day-to-day operations and front-office decisions.
But Vaughn’s brief tenure in charge of the team has made us all wonder whether they were right to want Steve Nash out from day one, as he seemed way over his head since the start, and it seemed like he never got the players to trust him.
The Nets were one of the hottest teams in the league before Durant fell with an injury, but they’re slowly finding their groove again, so you better not sleep on them once they get their best player back.NEXT: Kevin Durant And NBA Legend Bicker Online