Kevin Durant felt that the Brooklyn Nets just weren't healthy enough in the last two postseasons. In the 2021 NBA playoffs, the Nets exited the playoffs following a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
In the Bucks series, Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden spent on the floor all three together a total of 43 seconds. The Bucks took advantage of the Nets being hampered by injuries in that series and won that series.
This past postseason, the Nets were without Ben Simmons and Joe Harris as they were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round. "When you look at the grand scheme of things, we haven't been healthy at all for two years," Durant said.
"Each playoffs we didn't have major guys, [they] miss minutes, not just role players, but guys that make a lot of money. So when you got $50 million dollars on your bench this last playoffs with Joe and Ben and then the playoffs before that, I want to see what our team looks like in full, with guys being healthy.
With us having a little bit of continuity. So we'll see what happens."
Durant hopes the Nets get back on the right track this season
Last season was full of drama when it comes to the Nets. The Nets' offseason also didn't lack any drama.
But now that everything is resolved, Durant wants to focus on basketball and to try to lead the Nets to success this season. With Durant, Irving, and Simmons on their roster, the Nets look like one of the most talented teams in the NBA.
When Durant and Irving signed with the Nets in 2019, they had one goal in mind - to lead the Nets to the Promised Land. Three seasons later, they have yet to accomplish their goal. Earlier this week, Irving underlined his goals haven't changed and he wants to win it all with Durant.