Nets Fire Steve Nash as Coach

The Nets have fired Steve Nash as head coach, as first relayed by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Steve Nash Kevin Durant

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, assistant Jacque Vaughn will take over as acting coach.

The Nets have been a disappointment in Nash’s two-plus NBA seasons, failing to reach the Finals despite a headed by a cast of perennial All-Stars in forward Kevin Durant and point guard Kyrie Irving.

Last season, they were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Celtics, and are off to a sluggish 2-5 start this year.

Nash, 48, a former back-to-back NBA MVP as a point guard with the Suns, has compiled a 94-67 record overall.

During the offseason, Durant issued an ultimatum in which he wanted to be traded if the Nets didn’t fire Nash and GM Sean Marks. A the time, Nets owner Joe Tsai stood by both Nash and Marks.

“Our front office and coaching staff have my support,” Tsai tweeted on Aug. 8. “We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”

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