Relationships matter: How much will a summer of uncertainty and ugliness affect curling season?

Before Kevin Durant and The Nets agreed again on August 23 to “continue their partnership,” Bobby Marks suggested that if KD was forced back to Brooklyn, Media Day on September 26 would undoubtedly be difficult:

Can you shoot a media day with Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons all dressed up as Nets as they prepare for first practice? The front office, the coaching staff and the players will have to intervene before they can step onto the field.

The scenario now seems a bit far fetched. Durant, Keri Irving, and the Nets seem to have left the past behind, with reports that Durant left the meeting in Los Angeles in an upbeat mood and ample evidence of Irving’s desire for a job in New York. Then again, this meeting came after the London meeting with Joe Tsai two weeks ago where Durant told Joe Tsai that he wanted two more participants in the Los Angeles meeting – Sean Marks and Steve Nash -. Not to mention the competing diversion campaigns.

So, as more than one media expert has noted, things can still be “wild,” as Bobby Marks put it. Mark J. Spears of Andscape at ESPN offers a somewhat optimistic view, believing that winning can cure everything. Here’s what he said on Thursday, now only 18 days from Media Day…

“Media Day is going to be cool in Brooklyn. You have a hug from KD, Nash, and Sean Marks. Does that hug really mean anything? Are they really that good now? That’s clearly the outcome of the drama with Kyrie Irving last season. And then there’s the comeback of Ben Simmons.” …and I’m told he’s expected to be ready for the start of the season.Ben Simmons is their third story streak and probably bigger than most in the league.So media day with the networks is going to be amazing,it’s going to be crazy,but winning cures all ills if Brooklyn gets a start Great, I think they can go ahead and try to win a championship. But if everything is bad there, boy, this New York press is going to have a field day.”

David Aldridge of The Athletic is not an optimist. Here are his comments from A revised look at each team’s off-season performance. Putting the net in 17th place:

With the caveat that no one should be surprised, at any time during the upcoming season, if general manager Sean Marks or coach Steve Nash is deposited, or Durant ends up with a new title, in the meantime, an uneasy truce crushes his trade demand. Brooklyn could at least start the season with the hope that it would bring disparate parties (originally autocorrected to “desperate,” which might be more accurate) together. It’s hard to see that happening, given the strong personalities involved. We all know KD and Kyrie are making their own way, but majority owner Joseph Tsai isn’t a shrinking flower himself. And Tsai basically shut down any notion that the networks would give Durant away, if any, for pennies on the dollar. Therefore, I cannot pretend that the past six weeks did not happen, and that there was not at least some damage to the very important internal relations.

Could a Nash coach Durant or Irving be tough, knowing that a one-of-three-game losing streak would likely land him in the hottest seat? Will the nets turn in a dime if they find a team willing to meet Durant’s asking price?

There is no doubt that there is truth in much of what the two veteran writers have said. The nets have done a few things, it seems, to stabilize their locker room. They have chosen continuity rather than wholesale reinvention of the menu. They’ve brought in players like Markieff Morris who’s been in the locker room at other stops along the NBA trail, and Brooklyn-based TJ Warren to rebuild his career. In fact, we’ve heard that Morris’ signature was recommended by K.D. We also heard that the Nets did not rule out the possibility of new negotiations over Irving’s extension. And they’ve used their social media accounts to praise (and calm down?) their stars.

As we have noted, neither Durant nor Irving appear to have joined his colleagues at the HSS Training Center. This does not mean that this is a big problem. Perhaps the best way to make things a little less crazy is for the Nets and their stars to pre-empt the Media Day circus by signing up for the registry. about everything before September 26. It might also help the fans, who went through a lot this summer and could use some emotional boost. do not hold your breath …

Of course, last year’s Media Day wasn’t without controversy. Irving only appeared on Zoom because under New York’s mandate for a vaccine, nearly every Nets player was asked what he thought of Kyrie’s situation. Then, there was a David Letterman cameo, part of a larger interview with Durant!

Moreover, the bigger issue is not about the media day but whether the summer of discontent will affect Toys Starting from October 19. At this point, no one is sure how this works.