The Brooklyn Nets had a disappointing end to the 2022 season. Although the Nets had Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving healthy and available for a first-round match with their rival Boston Celtics, the Nets struggled badly in the series as they were unable to score a win. The Celtics easily won the match 4-0.
In his first two seasons as a coach, Steve Nash welcomed a surplus of talent to his roster. Aside from Durant and Keri, he also had all-stars James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Blake Griffin. However, the Hall of Famer still has to make it past the second round of the playoffs in his two years as a Nets coach. Highlighting the first round of the sweep, they struggled at the hands of the Boston Celtics this year.
It’s time for Nash and the Nets to deliver. Or at least go into a deep playoff. But some Nets fans think Nash is already past his Brooklyn welcome. They are urging his replacement with the 2014 NBA champion and current coach of the Boston Celtics im Odoka.
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Odoka breaks silence amid Celtics comment
Odoka spent one season as an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets in the 2020-2021 season before taking a major coaching position with the Celtics last season. And after Boston won just two times of winning the NBA’s leading 18th championship in its first season, most assumed Odoka and plenty of Celtics players from last season would return to settle unfinished business.
But a relationship with a Celtics crew member drove Udoka into hot water, as the franchise announced that they would be suspending their head coach for the entire 2022-23 season. Upon his suspension, Odoka released a statement expressing his deep regret for his actions.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Odoka said in a statement. via Malika Andrews from ESPN.
“I am sorry to put the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for all involved, I will have no further comment.”
Odoka exceeded expectations in the first year
In his rookie season as head coach, Odoka not only lived up to expectations, but far exceeded them. After season 19-21 kicked off, many people thought it was time to split the Celtics All-Star duo of Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
But in a miraculous turn of events, the Boston team finished the second half of the season with a record 32-10, finishing second in the Eastern Conference.
But that wasn’t the end of Cinderella’s season at the Celtics, as they killed a row of deadly opponents that included the Eastern Conference Nets heavyweights, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Miami Heat on their way to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010.
Boston may be without its original coach this year in an unexpected turn of events. But they bring back their superstar duo Brown and Tatum, giving them at least a fighting chance to compete in a loaded East Conference.