It’s safe to say the Brooklyn Nets’ season did not go exactly according to plan last year as they finished the regular season seventh in the Eastern Conference before falling to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Nets began the 2021-22 season with a big three of James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving. Now, there’s a chance none of those players will be on the roster a year later after Harden was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the middle of the season, and both Durant and Irving are featured in offseason trade talks.
There were obvious issues with the team and veteran point guard Goran Dragic got a chance to experience some of those problems firsthand, signing with the Nets in February.
In a recent interview with Slovenian publication Siol.net, Dragic got very candid about his time in Brooklyn playing alongside Irving and Durant, describing it as “quite difficult” because the focus was on individual play, not the team.
“I played with some stars like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and I have to admit that it was quite difficult because the focus was not the team, but more the individual performances of the individuals,” Dragic said via Google translate.
Dragic only played 16 games with the Nets, but apparently, that’s all he needed to be able to make this assessment.
While both Durant and Irving currently remain with the Nets, Durant has requested a trade from the team and Irving is also expected to be traded even though he opted into his player option with the team.