Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has been the primary decision-maker for the franchise since February of 2016 after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. When he came to the organization, Brooklyn was in the middle of a 21-61 season and at the time of Marks’ hiring, the team fired head coach Lionel Hollins and general manager Billy King.
After going through two seasons where the Nets were a combined 48-116, Marks and then-head coach Kenny Atkinson were able to guide the team to a 42-40 record in the 2018-19 season before losing in the first round of the playoffs. . Marks was the executive who brought Brooklyn back to prominence after the failed moves by King.
However, after the failed superstar experiment of trying to pair Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, the Nets and Marks find themselves in the same place as they were years ago before Durant and Irving came to town. Marks has proven that he can be the head man of a rebuild, but it remains to be seen if he can do it again and sustain the team long enough to win a championship. Mike Bisceglia of the “Bad Weather Fans” podcast (sponsored by DraftKings) gives his take on the situation that he believes is a reflection of what Nets fans are thinking:
“Sean Marks was a great GM before Kyrie Irving got to the Nets. When Kyrie Irving got to the Nets, he (Marks) became a terrible GM. Now, you want to say that’s Kyrie’s fault or you want to say that Sean marks fault? I’ll leave it up to the audience to make their own rational decision, Kyrie Irving is now gone. Let’s see what kind of GM Sean marks with Kyrie Irving out. Is he the GM that was pre-Kyrie that people were like, this is incredible? He rebuilt the team with no draft picks. Or, is he the GM that added Kyrie Irving and the team was a major disaster? They made bad moves with smaller role players, didn’t work out and ultimately got blown up. Or, does Sean Marks deserve a chance to do the rebuild, part two? I’m curious to see what he does now without Kyrie. Pre-Kyrie, he was brilliant. With Kyrie, he was terrible. We’ll see what he does now in part three.”
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