Steve Nash is out as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced Tuesday.

speaking before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls,

Nets general manager Sean Marks said that he and Nash both thought it was the right time to make a move.

and he acknowledged that the pair of friends knew the decision was probably going to be

The latter would be done sooner rather than later, especially under Nash of Brooklyn.

After battling for a 2-5 start.

In a statement, Nash called "Marx a wonderful experience with many challenges.

And thanked the ownership of the team, which I am incredibly grateful for."

What had become increasingly evident since the second half of last season