You’ll be amazed that the Crown Prince of Culture spent his personal time on Tuesday at his office at the HSS Training Center near the Govanus Canal. It was a very busy morning for Sean Marx, who had to remove his star player from the team as a high school coach whose curfew was imposed, then responded to him and explained.
Marx and the Netherlands did what they had to do, basically turning Kiri Irving into a non-human by the time he wanted to free his hands from the COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, it was the easiest part of his day.
Difficult things probably come in the quiet moments of loneliness, which he sometimes has to ask himself: is it worth it?
The Crown Prince of Culture, remember, moved from San Antonio to Brooklyn, where poems and poems about the “Way of the Spurs” were written, and even the most greedy people could play basketball for the rest of their lives. . He promised he wouldn’t see the Nets win more basketball games.
“There’s the right way to succeed,” he said shortly after he arrived on board in 2016. “I firmly believe that. Call it culture if you want, but I’m tired of that word. I think you have to surround yourself with people who have the same idea, and then o. ‘Give your belief system time to breathe.’
And here’s the thing:
When given time to breathe, Marx’s plan worked. He accepted winger Ken Atkinson, a head coach who for the first time believed in pure basketball democracy, preached the Marks Way, the Nets Way, to a group that wasn’t overseen and gradually became a playoff team.
The first full season of the Marx / Atkinson collaboration was hard to notice: 20-62, and at the end of the year you were surprised to see “20” on the left side of the hyphen. But they bought players and developing players, and gradually it became interesting to follow them: 28-54 in 2nd year, then 42-40 in 2018-19, a little earlier in the playoffs.
“It’s a lot of fun to work every day,” Atkinson said, after being the first of the highs of that era, after the Sixers ’impressive 111-102 disappointment in the first game of the playoffs. “They all want to grow and learn together. It’s easy for guys to coach like that.”
The players weren’t superstars, but they were energetic and enjoyed playing together: Spencer Dinviddi, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, D’Angelo Russell, Jarrett Allen. You can build hope from this core. Marx did what he promised: he made the nets watch, and the man was there when they arrived.
Then came July 1, 2019.
And see: Since Kevin Durant is interested in hanging his shingles at the Barclays Center, it makes no sense to argue with what Marx decided to do. With Achilles, even with a year of rehabilitation, Durant was one of the two best players on the planet. And he wanted Brooklyn, not Manhattan. He wanted nets, not Knicks.
But he wanted something else: he wanted to be a helper; So Irving became a network. He wanted to predict what the situation would be like in Brooklyn, and so Atkinson became 62 former Net players in the 2019-20 season. There are not many athletes who deserve such benefits. Durant is one.
So the Crown Prince of Culture blew up the project.
Maybe they would have been champions last year if Irving’s ankle hAcesparks’t exploded in the Milwaukee series, or if Durant’s leg was smaller than his size. But they were not champions last year. Irving could not stay healthy. James Harden could not stay healthy. The Bulls were told by them at Game 7, and a month later they marched along Knapp Street, along Water Street, and along Wisconsin Avenue.
“I can’t wait for next year,” Durant said of the defeat.
And maybe they could do it without Irving. Or the situation will change, the protocols will change, and the lost guard may return. Or this huge experience is designed for good ideas that have gone terribly wrong.
“Hope,” said Marx, “we’ll get Cyrus back in all sorts of ways.”
He said this in public. Personally, you wonder if he missed the old plan that Atkinson had in his pocket when Marx threw him under the bus. You may wonder if the Crown Prince of Culture wants to reclaim this culture through the Gowanus Canal.