Steve Nash signs a 4 year contract to be the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In one of the most random signings of the season, Hall of Fame point guard, Steve Nash agrees to be the Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets for the next 4 years.
OFFICIAL: The Brooklyn Nets have named Steve Nash as the 23rd head coach in the franchise’s NBA history. pic.twitter.com/SG8OoN3a8g
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 3, 2020
This news comes just a week after the depleted Brooklyn Nets roster got swept by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2020 Playoffs.
How did Steve Nash end up as the Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets?
News did break out earlier today that the Nets front office, particularly owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks were “aggressively” pursuing Steve Nash to sign on as the next Head Coach.
In recent weeks, Nets owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks have been aggressive in recruiting Nash to make the leap that he had so far resisted in his retirement: head coaching.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2020
It is also safe to assume that the 2x Finals MVP, Kevin Durant had a part to play in this hiring, as Durant and Nash built up a strong connection in Golden State, when Nash served as a consultant there.
Steve Nash and Kevin Durant developed a real, human relationship during Durant’s time in Golden State, including during offseason workouts. Steve talked to me about KD for this story in 2018: https://t.co/jRGnSrlmAi https://t.co/IFDZPcdEQL
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) September 3, 2020
The legendary point guard also released an official statement regarding his hiring, where he said, “Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right.”
Steve Nash on becoming the Nets’ next head coach in the team’s press release. pic.twitter.com/XlwyLEy2aU
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) September 3, 2020
It is also important to note that the Nets will be keeping Jacque Vaughn on board as the lead assistant coach, as Vaughn did do a decent job coaching the Nets, upon the dismissal of previous Head Coach, Kenny Atkinson.
How will Steve Nash fit in with the Brooklyn Nets organization?
Though this will be Nash’s first outing as a coach in the NBA, there is no denying that Nash is a basketball savant. With basketball IQ that’s through the roof, no wonder he is regarded as one of the greatest point guards of the 2000s, if not all time.
Kyrie Irving will be under the tutelage of Steve Nash, from who Irving can learn a lot as Irving is still young, having not even turned 30 yet.
“There is a respect and admiration there for me.For me & Ky, our relationship is important.He is the (PG) & I’m the coach & I’m thrilled I get the opportunity to know him better and to understand him, how he plays & what he sees & be here to help him refine his gifts,”Nash to UND
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 3, 2020