‘Doesn’t Guarantee You Anything’ – Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Steve Nash Defends Franchise for Free-Agent Signings

Published 03/30/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets have assembled an absolute juggernaut. With their latest signing in LaMarcus Aldridge, the Nets now have six current or former NBA All-Stars. The Nets have used their roster spots to be active in the buyout market, signing Blake Griffin and now LaMarcus Aldridge. Brooklyn has been heavily criticized for building a super-team that no one can defeat.

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Steve Nash defends Nets acquisitions

However, the head coach doesn’t believe they’ve done anything wrong. Steve Nash addressed the Brooklyn Nets, making roster signings in the buyout market. Nash believes that the franchise has every right to enter the buyout market. As a front-office, their job is to make sure that they can get the best available players, while also complying with the rules placed by the NBA.

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“It’s not like we did anything illegal. So I don’t know what we’re supposed to do, not try to add to our roster and just sit pat? That’s the idea of this league, to try to put together the best team you can put together, and that doesn’t guarantee you anything.”

Feb 2, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash coaches against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets have put together one of the scariest teams on paper in NBA history. Since 2019, they have acquired current and former All-Stars such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, James Harden, Blake Griffin, and now LaMarcus Aldridge. All six of these players have combined for a whopping 41 All-Star game appearances between themselves.

Brooklyn Nets have incredible depth

While the Nets have gotten several players who have shown their class in the NBA. Players like DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge are no longer the All-Star level players they used to be. However, they can still be valuable pieces in the Nets’ championship pursuit.

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Last year, the Lakers relied heavily on former NBA All-Stars Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo to lead them to the NBA championship. While Rondo and Howard weren’t playing at the same level in years past, they were still very important to the Lakers reaching the Final and beating the Miami Heat.

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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Can the Brooklyn Nets win the NBA championship? The Nets have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, with a healthy combination of superstars and role-players. And right now, the franchise looks unstoppable even without the injured Kevin Durant. At full strength, the Nets are the prohibitive favorites to win the NBA title.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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