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Irving is a disaster
13 months ago  ::  Apr 12, 2022 - 11:33AM #1
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Yet talent comes with cost, especially with Irving. League sources say executives, coaches and players who were present during Irving's time in Cleveland and Boston shared with the Nets negative intel -- his unresponsiveness and truculence with coaches, his lack of self-awareness with teammates, his constant defiance of offensive game plans, his disinterest in playing off the ball. But the Nets, multiple sources say, knew that bringing Irving aboard was the cost of doing business: No Irving, No Kevin Durant.

To be sure, the Nets would be acquiring an otherworldly talent to pair with Durant. For all of Irving's fickle behavior, his production, shot creation and finishing ability have been among the league's best (11th in points per chance among 40 players with at least 7,500 shot attempts since 2013-14, when Second Spectrum began tracking).

But the Nets team he and Durant were joining was a paragon of cohesion -- a team of castoffs, lower draft picks and reclamation projects who had overachieved and embraced an effort to build from the ground up.

Over the next year, several of the linchpins of that culture would be dealt to acquire James Harden to form a superteam.

By the time Harden grumbled his way out of Brooklyn, as he had into Brooklyn, the vibe at the facility in Sunset Park was vastly different -- and the league took notice. Several top league executives assert that devising a strategy around chasing big-name stars doesn't hold the same appeal it once did. They've watched the likes of the Celtics in the Kyrie Era, and now the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers and -- for the time being -- the LA Clippers believe they could absorb superstars into their existing structures, only to be underwhelmed by the results.

One unintended consequence of bringing in players like Durant and Irving is that an upstart core often hears a pointed message that management doesn't entirely believe in what is being built, despite years of gospelizing the value of culture. As much as an organization might believe that arriving superstars will adapt to the team culture that preceded them, superstars often don't adapt to cultures; they replace them.

"Assembling a superteam is something very, very few organizations can do," one senior league executive says. "And we're seeing that even fewer can actually pull it off because superstars aren't enough -- it has to be the right superstars in the right culture. What this current era of NBA basketball is showing us is that going all-in -- whether it's with cap space or all of your loot -- to go acquire two or three of the top talented players in the league and having either underperforming infrastructure or a complete lack of roster depth, you're doing nothing favorable for your organization."

11 months ago  ::  May 17, 2022 - 12:54PM #2
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I hope Kyrie isn't back on the team UNLESS he can put his ego to the side and do what he has to do for the betterment of the team, which I highly doubt he will. He's too much of a narcissist. I wish the Nets could trade him for Dame Dolla!

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