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Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash (L) and Kevin Durant (R) chat during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on November 12, 2021. Getty Images/Jonathan Bachman


  • Steve Nash hints at his frustration with Kyrie Irving's latest round of issues
  • Irving drew flack for his antisemitic comments on Twitter
  • The Brooklyn Nets need to refocus quickly if they want to get out of the East's basement

The Brooklyn Nets are stuck between a rock and a hard place after having a horrendous start to the season while also dealing with Kyrie Irving's latest controversy.

However, head coach Steve Nash remains unfazed by the latter.

"I don't think our group is overly affected by the situation. We've had so many situations over the last two-and-a-half years I think we've kind of built an immunity to some of it," Nash was quoted to have said as per The Athletic.

"I think the organization has stepped up and made a strong statement on their beliefs and you'll be able to hear from Kyrie (Irving) when it's his turn to talk."

To his credit, the Nets' star point guard has been playing exceptionally well this season with averages of 30.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.2 blocks in 39 minutes of action–the highest number of minutes he has played throughout his entire career thus far.

Following the Nets' loss to the Indiana Pacers though, Irving threw a spanner in the works as he seemingly tweeted out his support for a film that is largely viewed as anti-Semitic and all hell broke loose.

Nets owner Joe Tsai tweeted his disappointment at his player, while Nike and the NBA had to issue their respective statements on the matter to help quell the rising sentiment against Irving.

For all the great work that Irving is doing for the Nets this season, he just could not seem to get out of his own way as the issue is likely to overshadow any of their immediate success like getting revenge on the Pacers to go 2-5 for the season.

Being a lightning rod of controversy is the last thing the Nets need right now as they are still finding ways to right the ship this season.

Ben Simmons has been a net negative thus far this season with the Nets after tallying plus-minuses of minus-26, minus-3, minus-16, plus-2, plus-1 and minus-11 so far.

Irving and Kevin Durant have been putting up big numbers, but their supporting cast is severely lacking when compared to other Eastern Conference powerhouses–which puts into question whether they are really ready to compete for a title.

The Nets need to make positive strides soon, and with all of the things happening off the court taking away their focus from the ultimate goal, Tsai may need to step in at some point and call the whole thing off if their situation does not improve in any way.

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Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets poses for a photograph during Media Day at HSS Training Center on September 27, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images