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The Brooklyn Nets’ concerns about their “building super teams” reportedly began during the 2019-20 NBA season as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving rehabilitated injuries away from the franchise.
ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz reported on Tuesday that the Nets felt a “sense of estrangement” from the superstars because they decided to work with “a host of medical specialists and personal trainers outside the area of expertise of the Nets. ‘team”.
The fate of superteams has come under the microscope given the Nets’ and Los Angeles Lakers’ struggles in the 2021-22 campaign.
Brooklyn will have to survive the Eastern Conference play-in tournament after posting a 44-38 record amid a drama-filled season. The Nets’ season included Irving missing most of the team’s home games due to New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and James Harden being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for a headline package by Ben Simmons, who didn’t not yet played since the deal due to a back injury.
LA underwent a massive roster overhaul last offseason, including a trade for Russell Westbrook to create a Big Three alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but Westbrook’s struggles combined with James’ prolonged lack of time and Davis with injuries caused the Lakers to miss the playoffs.
This has raised questions as to whether bringing in superstars from different teams and worrying about any potential issues later is no longer a successful roster method.
Arnovitz noted that the approach “has yet to pay off for the Nets,” and there’s no guarantee it will despite the roster’s obvious talent.
“It’s always something,” a Brooklyn source told ESPN of Irving, who is an elite producer when he’s in the field but has been described as a “very complicated piece” of the team puzzle.
While Brooklyn’s troubles have garnered a lot of attention throughout this season, it appears to have started as early as the superteam’s inception three years ago.
Durant signed a four-year, $194.2 million contract extension in August, so he’s unlikely to go anywhere else in the near future, and Irving has signaled his intention to do the same in order to continue playing. alongside KD.
So while some members of the Nets’ organization are expressing concern over the complexion of the roster, the team will apparently press ahead and hope the superstar duo will eventually be able to deliver the first NBA championship of franchise.