The men leading the Nets have experienced a record-breaking period in recent years, culminating in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving's recruiting (and they hope, the franchise change) in Brooklyn, a success that not only makes them the most intriguing teams in the league, but also knelt their orange and blue friends on the other side of the river.
If we've learned one thing about Sean Marks since he's here, it's that he's safe from the scourge of NBA's impetuosity. Every movement, every transaction, every comment that it makes, there is a conviction behind that. There is time, energy, logic and reason invested to reach these conclusions. Rebuilding a basketball team with ashes is a serious matter. Marks is a serious man. This shows.
But he's also curious, so why would he have told reporters in Las Vegas the other day, about Durant, the crown jewel of what he created on Atlantic Avenue, and the status of his injury to Achilles, it is thought that he will keep him away for all next year:
"It will be evaluated with the performance team, etc. A timeline will be given in due course, but for now, we will certainly not comment on when and if, and make assumptions. It is too early."
Now, it's not exactly Rex Ryan's field, certainly. But this certainly opens the door to wonder if Durant might be able to come back towards the end of next year, which would certainly have the effect of upsetting everything that the season could be through 65 or 70 games.
He did not say, "We do not expect to see him next year."
Which means that Marks, a cautious man, has invited, at the very least, a story that does not need to be part of next season at all. In February, every time the Marks or Nets coach, Kenny Atkinson, appears in front of a microphone, a very good question is: "How far is Kevin from?"
Smart organizations such as the Nets are proud to limit, if not eliminate, the distractions of their team. Now, two full months before the team comes to training camp, Marks has introduced one, invented it with full clothing. It's a curious decision.
It also has some other curious effects. You may remember that one of the problems that tormented Durant during Golden State was the feeling – fair or unfair – that he should speed up the return home after returning from the calf injury that had preceded the misfortune of Achilles – and this without the kind. observation marks recorded on the record made in Vegas.
You may also remember that the Derrick Rose Hall of Fame track had been permanently altered – and probably destroyed – by the constant question of when he would return to the Bulls after his knee injury. For all teams facing a wounded star, the solution is this: when he is healthy, you will see him. Period.
Again, this poses a simple question: why? The Nets were already far from drowning in praise and applause for achieving the double daily, which few people thought were able to do just three weeks ago – and that was with the assumption that they would pay for Durant, for the most part, medical treatment. next year and look to the 2020-21 season.
One would think that Marks is not interested in making these remarks about the unexpected chance that they stimulate ticket sales. After all: if the Nets suddenly announced next January that Durant was well ahead of his time, that it was realistic for him to replay by the middle or the end of March, you can guarantee that each be sold within 15 minutes of this statement.
Is it possible that the news revealed on Wednesday, that Durant and Irving have fourth-year player options on the contracts they signed with the Nets, rather than the four-year consecutive agreements they were supposed to have subscribed – could he have led Marks to think about the usefulness of a scenario in the best of cases with Durant?
After all, these 3 and 1 contracts potentially reduce the window of opportunity that Nets could have to maximize their ambitions. Suddenly, if you take into account a lost year of injury and the possibility of a fourth year exodus, this gives the Nets exactly two years to find a way to reduce the gap (which still exists even with Durant) between them. and the Bucks and Sixers (and maybe the Celtics) in the
Is, to say nothing of the Lakers and Clippers in the West.
Again: Marks is too smart to let his tongue get in his brain, to let himself fall into short-term optimism instead of his long-term project. You would like to think that he had a reason for that. It's hard to understand what it was right now.