“I don’t think you can go into the next season with both of them”

The Brooklyn Nets will have a healthy Ben Simmons next season, while Kyrie Irving has expressed a desire to continue playing in Brooklyn. If the two can have a full training camp and stay healthy, the Nets could be among the favorites to win the 2023 NBA title.

Not that fast, though, according to Sports Illustrated senior writer Howard Beck. In an episode of “The Crossover,” the veteran sportswriter asserted that only one should join the Nets next season.

Here’s how Beck said the Nets should get on with their nimble players:

“I don’t think you can go into next season with both of them. You can’t join both Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, because you can have a volatile, unreliable, and unpredictable star. You can’t have two. ”

There have been no renewal talks with Kyrie Irving yet but the Nets know what they want from the players. “We’re looking for guys who want to come here and be part of something bigger than themselves, play selflessly, play team basketball and be available,” Sean Marks said. apnews.com/article/brookl…

The “Crossover” co-host continued:

“On paper, they have three stars. In theory, they should be a contender next season. But that’s like the flimsiest paper version of a candidate I think I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what those two will do, how many games they will play.

“Ben Simmons has never played a minute with this team. We don’t really know how he fits into them or what he’s willing to do.”

Irving has talked about extending his stay with the Nets to continue his four-year domination with Kevin Durant. Those are bold words from a player who has missed more games than played in his three seasons in Brooklyn.

And Irving’s unavailability isn’t just his refusal to take the vaccine, but the Nets have practically banned him from all team activities. The seven-time All-Star was a match absentee for several games without even telling coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks about it.

More importantly, KD and “Kai” have only won one playoff series, which was in 2020 against a depleted Boston Celtics team. A retooled Celtics team led by Jayson Tatum took them to the field in the first round of this year’s knockout stages.

Celtics won the Nets 4-0 in round 1 ☘️This is the first time Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have come back from the knockout stages.

Simmons will be completely healthy next season after undergoing back surgery. But what his mental health will be at the end of the season is anyone’s guess.


GM Sean Marks defends Ben Simmons

Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has defended Ben Simmons from criticism over the past few days. [Photo: Sportsnaut]
Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has defended Ben Simmons from criticism over the past few days. [Photo: Sportsnaut]

Ben Simmons has received fierce criticism for his handling of his entire season first with the Philadelphia 76ers and then with the Brooklyn Nets. First, he sat down to force Philly to trade him by the February deadline. After that, mental and back problems prevented him from playing for Brooklyn.

Here’s what general manager Sean Marks on YES Network had to say about Simmons brouhaha in its entirety:

“It’s a little demonstration that, one, he’s been trying to get back out there and try to help his teammates, and second, we have to be careful not to judge people. And if you’re not outside of that medical profession, when you’re watching from afar, you just have to be a little careful about what you’re saying, because you really don’t know. “

In the interview with @Grady yes, Sean Marks says critics “outside of the medical profession who are just getting in” should “be a little more careful”, “not be judgmental” when criticizing Ben Simmons’ health. onelink.to/yesapp

Howard Beck, with the Kyrie Irving and Simmons situation in Marks’ hands, doesn’t want to swap places for the general manager:

“I don’t envy the position Sean Marks is in right now. They are limited, they are taxing, they have no flexibility, they cannot afford Kyrie to walk if he refuses. You also can’t afford to give Kyrie the maximum deal. “


Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein

https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/i-think-can-go-next-season-them-howard-beck-opines-brooklyn-nets-will-get-rid-either-former-nba-champion-ben-simmons-summer?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “I don’t think you can go into the next season with both of them”

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