The Brooklyn Nets are in danger of getting swept out of the opening round when hosting the Boston Celtics for Game 4 of their series Monday night. With such a disappointing outcome on the table, onlookers have wondered whether the team could fire head coach Steve Nash this offseason.
For now, the former back-to-back MVP's job appears to be safe.
According to NBA correspondent Marc Stein, the Nets are unlikely to dismiss Nash given the "madness" he's encountered during his second season on the sideline. Furthermore, he still has the support of superstar Kevin Durant and Nets governor Joe Tsai. Stein believes Nash's job security will remain secure as long as those two vital figures still have his back.
A season that started with grandiose expectations quickly turned sour in Brooklyn.
Because of New York mandates and his unwillingness to get vaccinated for COVID-19, Kyrie Irving was ineligible for road games most of the season. After initially deciding the point guard wouldn't play until he became eligible for all games, the Nets reversed course and brought him back as a part-time player in January.
While still one of the NBA's premier performers when healthy, Durant was limited to 55 games due to a left knee injury. Brooklyn went 8-19 without him.
A year after pushing his way out of Houston to Brooklyn, James Harden's relationship with the Nets rapidly eroded. He recorded a career-worst 40.2 field-goal percentage through 21 games before the Nets sent him to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that brought them back Ben Simmons.
That trade didn't end the drama; Simmons has yet to play for his new team. Despite earlier reports of him returning for Game 4, he won't suit up Monday night.
Nevertheless, Nash's coaching has come under fire this series. The Nets seem to be hoping Durant and Irving's talent can overcome all obstacles rather than running many sets.
Without any sideline experience before taking the Nets' job in 2020, Nash has often looked overmatched. Yet not many coaches could succeed under the adverse circumstances he's faced this season. That may lead to him getting another chance.