Sean Marks Rumors
Commenting on the work of Nets General Manager Sean Marks and Head Coach Kenny Atkinson, Tsai said: “Sean and Kenny have done an extraordinary job building the team. They established the culture, developed talent that others couldn’t see, and made Brooklyn the place where the best players want to play.”
Stefan Bondy: Former Turner exec David Levy announced as CEO of the Nets. Interestingly, he will also serve as President of J Tsai Sports, the sports investment and holding vehicle controlled by Tsai.
Brian Lewis: Tsai said Marks & Atkinson built a culture “where the best players want to play… We have an incredible group of players who want to win & because of their talent & hard work, we are now in a great position to compete. I’m thrilled to be partners with winners!” #Nets @joetsai1999
The Nets were among the big winners in free agency and claimed they had no idea Durant was signing with them until he posted it on Instagram. According to GM Sean Marks, Durant committed to the Nets before he knew he’d be offered a contract.
In reality, a source told the Daily News that the Nets were confident deals for Durant and Kyrie Irving were done the day before free agency. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Nets organization tampered. There are many different avenues for recruitment and information without a direct line between player/agent and team. People are connected everywhere in 2019. But it does underscore that tampering is difficult to prove or enforce.