‘P***sed’ Brooklyn Nets hold dressing room inquest after fourth straight loss on Saturday to Indiana Pacers – with star man Kevin Durant raging after a ‘s***ty night’
- The Nets are 1-5 after a 125-116 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night
- Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons fronted up in the aftermath of the latest loss
- Coach Steve Kerr also had some tough words and said the result is ‘a disaster’
- The Nets team held a locker room inquest to try and spark an upturn in form
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The Brooklyn Nets team held a players-only dressing room inquest late on Saturday night after enduring a fourth straight defeat in the 125-116 loss to Indiana Pacers.
Nets coach Steve Nash and star players Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons all spoke out in blunt honesty at the state of the team after the latest defeat that leaves them with a 1-5 record.
According to ESPN, Nash was late to his post-game press conference because of the meeting and the Nets locker room ‘was locked long after Nash’s conference was finished’.
Kevin Durant says the Brooklyn Nets team is ‘p***ed’ at their awful start to the NBA season
The Nets were beaten 125-116 by the Indiana Pacers on Saturday and are 1-5 for the season
But it was Durant who sounded most upset after the latest defeat.
It was a s***ty night,’ he said. “Excuse my language, it was a bad night. We’re p***ed. We enjoy basketball.
‘We like to win, though, so of course when we lose the games it’s going to be a somber mood in the locker room. But it will change once we start playing some good basketball. We got a lot of basketball to be played ahead of us.’
Coach Nash, meanwhile, branded the defeat ‘a disaster.
‘How else do you say it? I didn’t see the will, didn’t see the desire, or the connectivity necessary to get stops and get rebounds.
‘We just got to make a bigger commitment and it’s got to mean more and we got to care more.
‘We have to look deep. Deep inside ourselves and what we want to do. What do we want to accomplish? Do we want to give up on this because it’s been difficult early or do we want to stay the course and start to build something?’
Under pressure coach Steve Kerr said the latest loss is a ‘disaster’ for the Nets team
Ben Simmons said the Nets ‘hold each other accountable’ as they try to rescue the season
Ben Simmons, meanwhile, refused to open up on what the team discussed but underlined his belief the Nets will rediscover their form soon.
‘It was honest,’ the Australian said. ‘We had a conversation. Obviously, I’m not going to talk about, but it was honest.
‘That’s what winning teams do. Hold each other accountable, be able to be open and talk to your teammates, and respect that and be men.’
The Nets play the Pacers again on Monday night at the Barclays Center. On top of the lack of the form, another star man in Kyrie Irving has been embroiled in an anti-Semitism row.
He had a verbal spat with a reporter over a controversial tweet of his, which contained links to a movie based on a book ‘containing anti-Semitic disinformation’.
The guard grabbed attention earlier this week for publicizing the 2018 film ‘Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America’ on social media with a link to its Amazon page.
Magazine Rolling Stone has labeled the book with the same name, released in 2015, which the film is based on as ‘venomously anti-Semitic’.
Kyrie Irving became embroiled in a verbal spat with a report over his controversial tweet
The publication pointed out that the book by Ronald Dalton Jr. comments that ‘many famous high-ranking Jews’ have ‘admitted to ‘worship[ing] Satan or Lucifer.’ And when a reporter began to ask about the ‘promotion’ of the movie and book, Irving sparked a testy exchange.
‘Can you please stop calling it promotion?’ Irving said. ‘What am I promoting?’
The reporter then began to explain that Irving had shared it to his platform but the guard quickly interrupted, asking: ‘But do you see me promoting it? Yeah I put it out there just like you put things out there right? You put things out there for a living right? Great, so let’s move on.’
The reporter tried to interject again but Irving continued to talk over him, saying: ‘Let’s move on. Don’t dehumanize me up here. I’m another human being. I can post whatever I want. So say that and shut it down and move on to the next question’