Durant is vocal about the Nets amid Irving’s absence, and Simmons is struggling


Not long after Brooklyn Networks They suffered their biggest defeat of the season on Tuesday, Kevin Durant He made no secret of his feelings for his 6-9 team.


in Interview with Bleacher ReportDurant said that while he’s been enjoying his current tenure with the Nets, he’s acknowledged the reality of the situation he’s in, especially with Kyrie Irving hung f Ben Simmons Struggling to get back into form.

Look at our starting lineup: Edmond SumnerAnd the Royce O’NeillAnd the Joe HarrisAnd the [Nic] Claxton And me. It’s not disrespectful, but what do you expect from that group? Durant told Bleacher Report. You expect us to win because I’m there. So if you’re watching from that lens, you expect us to play well because No. 7 is right there.”

Durant also told Bleacher Report that the reason he asked for the trade over the summer “was about the ball,” recalling him telling the Nets, “I don’t like the way we prepare. … Hold me accountable. Get my ass shooting if it helps you get On top of everyone else.”

The Nets are said to be frustrated with Ben Simmons’ availability and level of play

Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayliss debate whether or not Ben Simmons is a lost cause after major struggles to open the season.

Durant eventually gave up his trade request, but Brooklyn still made a big move early in the season by firing head coach Steve Nash. Durant told Bleacher Report he loves the way Jack Vaughn — who was first hired as an interim coach before being promoted to a full-time role earlier in November — prepares the team, even after giving up 153 points to the team. Kings Tuesday.

“I love good practices, I love good preparation, I love good energy, and we honestly showed that,” Durant said. “The coaches are doing a great job… I think we’ve been preparing well. The guys want to win. We’re out there playing as hard as we can. That’s what I really need.”

While Durant has given a more optimistic tone about the Nets’ outlook, that sentiment doesn’t seem universal in Brooklyn.

The Nets are still looking into when to reinstate Irving after he was recently suspended. Additionally, regarding former All-Star Simmons, the coaches and players on the team are “concerned about his availability and level of play, with some questioning his passion for the game,” The Athletic reported Wednesday.

Simmons, who missed all of last season after requesting a trade from Philadelphia Seventy Sixers Before suffering a back injury, he’s only scored 5.8 points per game so far this season. And as evidenced by Tuesday night, Simmons’ defensive ability in the NBA could be a thing of the past.

Simmons recently told “The Athletic” that while he understands the concerns surrounding his recent return to the land, he has been plagued by injuries during the first month of the season.

“… I’ve been dealing with the knee since the start of the season,” Simmons revealed. “It was swollen. I had platelet-rich plasma injections. I bled a few times. So it’s not something made up, you know? It’s a real thing.”

“I have (doubts), but I think the only thing I have is that I’m a player. I want to win and play. So I’ll do everything I can to get out there.”

Simmons has missed five games this season and has come off the bench for the last four.

Shannon Sharp Wednesday said it might be time to see Simmons as a “lost cause,” but not because of the injuries he’s had this season.

“I still can’t believe Ben Simmons is out of that mental fog that happened to him in Philly,” Sharpe said. “Undisputed”. “Sometimes it feels like an injury because sometimes we can create our own demons, and we have to chase these things away.

“Ben isn’t the same. … I don’t want to sit here and say he doesn’t like the game, but he doesn’t even look like him [his old self]. He’s not even close, other than that he looks like Ben Simmons. Nothing in his game says he’s Ben Simmons. I never expected the guy to shoot 40% of the third point. I didn’t expect him to shoot 70% from the free throw line. But man, it looks like a lost cause. It seems like one thing after another.”

The Nets shut out their West Coast road trip on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers before returning east.


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