Amar’e Stoudemire quits his Nets assistant job, criticizes Kyrie Irving’s absence on his way out

We have a lot of ways to show Brooklyn NetworksThe season didn’t go according to plan this year – most notably that they are currently sitting at home despite hiring Kevin Durant – But an assistant coach uses ESPN to announce he’s quitting and then calls Keri Irving Completely explanatory.

Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire has spent the past two seasons As an assistant in the technical staff of his former colleague Steve Nash. During a series of matches on ESPN on Thursday, he revealed that he will not be returning to Brooklyn after a disappointing second straight exit.

And then Stoudemire started talking about all things Keri Irving.

at Discussion with Stephen A. Smith on “Take First,” Stoudemire openly admitted that Irving missed much of the season due to his refusal to be vaccinated, which hurt the Nets’ ability to form an effective team:

“Yeah, I think it hurts us. It definitely hurt us because we didn’t have consistency with Kyrie enough to build group chemistry with the team. He only plays in away matches depending on the city, he can’t play in New York, so you have different squads and different matches depending on the schedule. the game.

“So it made it difficult for us as coaches to see who would play despite Kerry. The chemistry is not where we’d like it to be, so it was difficult for us to manage that. So yeah, it was definitely part of that.”

Irving’s situation was in Brooklyn Active discussion topic Since the networks were wiped out before Boston Celtics In the first round.

The team had a lot of problems – age, training, lack of Ben Simmons Among them – but General Manager Sean Marks He clearly said the team needs players who are “available” at a new conference after the series. Stoudemire seems to agree, and it’s hard to imagine that he’s alone in the Nets.

Brooklyn Nets guard Keri Irving (11) walks on the field during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA First Round Series games against the Boston Celtics, Monday, April 25, 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Kyrie Irving and the Nets face an uncertain state of the season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Meanwhile, Irving, who has a player option for next season, He said he looks forward to continuing to run the organization alongside Durant, Marks and team owner Joseph Tsai.

While Speaking with Max Kellerman and Galen Rose on “Get Up,” Stoudemire praised Marx for trying to assert control over the situation:

“I think Shawn Marks is doing a great job by trying to get the power back into his hands and making sure he’s in control of the situation. But I think with Kevin and Ky, he needs a real session. Because Kyrie, since he signed with the Nets, has lost more matches than he has.” game.

“So I think you should have the conversation. Two of your co-stars need to sit in a room and say, ‘Kairi, what’s your goal?'” Want to be the best player in the game? Do you want to achieve more in this league? What are your goals moving forward? And if they both understand that ‘hey, we want to make this thing special here, we want to win a championship’ and are committed to playing in those games, then I think you’re going to bring him back.”

While Stoudemire has been outspoken about the issues between the Irving and the Nets, he hit back when Smith argued that the team needed to get rid of Nash or Al Qaeda. He even claimed that Irving was disdainful of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, an argument for another day:

“I don’t agree with that. I think both Steve and Keri can figure that out. I feel like Keri should have committed to himself and the basketball game. About how committed he is to being a great player because I feel like Kyrie should have been in the top 75. But at the time Same, now you have to take that as motivation to go into next season and prove to yourself that you are a great player and do it consistently throughout the season.”

We’ll see if Irving and Nash end up making it work, or if Rule gets the message across.