Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News sat down with Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks after the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signing. Marks had some pretty interesting and, dare I say it, unbelievable statements regarding the signing.
“The Instagram post that he put up, we were all sitting in the office,” Marks said. “We all got that in real-time with you guys. We weren’t even sure if we were getting a meeting that night or if it was going to be a telephone conversation with him.”
So he agreed to sign without an offer?
“With those guys, they’re at a different level. They know … I’m not going to sit here and tell them, ‘Well, we’d like to discuss a contract with you.’ We know what we’re getting into,” Marks said.
Yeah, I’m sure that the General Manager of a basketball team with a value of $1.8 billion had no clue he was signing one of the best players in the NBA. I’m sure they did all of this to “avoid tampering” and found out they were signing an annual All-Star who just tore his Achilles without a single person in the organization talking with him and found out over Instagram.
I get it, everyone in the NBA is trying to avoid a PR nightmare and stay out of the “tampering spotlight”, but let’s call a spade a spade and just admit that every team in the NBA is tampering to a degree. Not a phone call? Not a conversation? You found out through an Instagram post? Get out of my face with this tomfoolery. A bunch of millionaires sitting around a table swiping their fingers down to update their Instagrams is not something I expect out of the Nets. It’s something I expect out of the Knicks or even something out of the movie “Semi-Pro.”
Any idiot with half a brain could have figured out what this conversation meant back at the All-Star game between Durant and Irving (below), and you’re going to tell me you found out like the rest of us schlubs? I’m calling fake news.