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Does the Brooklyn Nets' firing of Steve Nash help or hurt the Houston Rockets?

N.B. Lindberg
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Whenever a team fires its head coach, it is not a good sign. When it happens in the middle of the season, it’s even worse, and when it happens before 10% of the schedule has been played, well, that’s what people in the sanitation industry call a dumpster fire. 

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets have fired head coach Steve Nash after a 2-5 start to the season. Nash took the job in 2020 and lasted 161 games with the Nets, and has seen the team’s performance deteriorate. In each of his first two seasons at the helm, the Nets were the prohibitive Championship favorites and won a grand total of one playoff series. 

A later report said the Nets and Nash decided to mutually part ways. 

As part of Kevin Durant’s trade request over the 2022 offseason, he reportedly asked ownership to fire both Nash and General Manager Sean Marks. Durant appears to have gotten half of his wish granted. The Nets are in turmoil again, and that is music to Houston Rockets fans' ears.

Due to the James Harden trade, the Houston Rockets control the Brooklyn Nets’ draft until 2027. They own the Nets’ first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and have swap rights in 2023, 2025, and 2027, all unprotected. If the Nets become trash, the Rockets recoup treasure. But does Steve Nash’s firing hurt or help the Rockets? 

Next: How the Steve Nash firing hurts the Houston Rockets 

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