Nets Notes: COVID-19, Coach, Kyrie, KD, More

Speaking today on a conference call with reporters, Nets general manager Sean Marks said that all the team’s players are now symptom-free of COVID-19, including the four that tested positive for the coronavirus last month, tweets ESPN’s Malika Andrews. The club’s entire traveling party has now completed its 14-day self-isolation period, but continues to practice social distancing.

Marks addressed a handful of other topics on that call, including the team’s search for a permanent head coach. According to Brooklyn’s GM, the club isn’t currently reaching out to potential candidates, since it “would completely not be fair to our group” (Twitter link via Andrews).

When asked if he’ll consult Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on the head coaching decision, Marks said the Nets have always collaborated with players, but the decision will ultimately be made by the front office and ownership (Twitter link via Brian Lewis of The New York Post).

Finally, speaking of Irving and Durant, Marks was also asked about the possibility of those injured stars returning to action if the 2019/20 season resumes this summer. According to Andrews (Twitter link), the GM replied that it wouldn’t be fair to set a specific timeline for either player’s return. Marks also cautioned that social-distancing practices and the closure of training facilities may slow the rehab process for injured players, further clouding the recovery timetables for Kyrie and KD.

Here’s more on the Nets:

  • Brian Lewis of The New York Post takes a look at DeAndre Jordan‘s role with the Nets this season and going forward, noting that the veteran center was immediately elevated to the starting lineup following Kenny Atkinson‘s departure.
  • Atkinson’s exit is among the topics Lewis explores in a New York Post mailbag — he also answers questions related to the likelihood of a Jarrett Allen trade and how Nets players are staying in shape while self-isolating.
  • In yet another story for The New York Post, Lewis shares some details on how Nets and Barclays Center are still being paid during the NBA’s stoppage. One source tells Lewis that the pay checks cut for event staffers may end up totaling approximately $6MM.
  • In case you missed it, Durant is one of 16 NBA players participating in a players-only NBA 2K20 tournament starting on Friday.
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8 thoughts on “Nets Notes: COVID-19, Coach, Kyrie, KD, More

  1. drchilmrichalds

    Just a heads up – opening links like the New York post one in this app make the app freeze, assumedly because of the auto play video. It would be nice if we could choose to open in app or open in safari :)

    • The NYPOST sucks like that on articles…

      I just put the article title into the address line Google search and it works better/scrolls, not freezes.

      • I also do that with subscription newspapers once I’ve reached the “5 article limit” or whatever. I’ll take the subject, put it in the address line for Google search, and it will come up so I can read it.

  2. Buckman

    KD or Kyrie could pay the 6 mil if they wanted to without it affecting their lifestyle. It is well known that people that make much less money donate a bigger percentage of their income to good causes than the Richie Riches of the world.

  3. phillyballers

    Atkinson > Sixers for 20/21 season?

    I would do the swap now, before a potential 19/20 playoff.

    Sorry I am tired of dribble hand off, poor clock and TO management, and road blowouts. And Brown has lost his ability to develop players. Was great during the process and polishing turds, but now he has no ability.

    If hes the reason Jimmy and JJ are gone (outside of money) then that’s an issue. Once Kemba and Jimmy were off the board there wasnt a legitimate go-to scoring FA available. Dont know 100% if they were offering 5 yrs Max and Jimmy balked and wanted a trade (you live with 2 yrs of dreck).

    Atkinson has done some decent work with that Nets squad, no idea how he would do with two Top 25 players, but hed get that opportunity in Philly.

  4. Grimjac

    Who still has Kyrie in the top 25? No coach would pick him within the first 25 picks. Maybe some owners and GMs, but no coaches.

    • El Don

      Injuries apart Kyrie has had his best season ever… so he belongs as a top 25 more than ever!

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