The Brooklyn Nets hiring Steve Nash is a major risk with no experience on the resume.
Surprised NBA fans got the news Wednesday that the Brooklyn Nets hired NBA hall of famer Steve Nash. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the deal is a four-year deal to become their new head coach.
Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash has signed a four-year contract to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2020
The move was not expected as Steve Nash wasn’t mentioned as a candidate for the Nets head coaching job. Nash had a successful career in the NBA with 18 seasons playing for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers. He made eight NBA All-Stars and won two MVP awards. Nash was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018. He has been a consultant for the Golden State Warriors during their NBA title runs the last few seasons.
The Nets moved on from Kenny Atkinson during the season after four seasons with the team. Jacque Vaughn took over during the reboot of the NBA season and recorded a 7-3 record to help Brooklyn land the seven seed in the playoffs. They were swept by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.
How Steve Nash Landed the Nets Job
Steve Nash has plenty of connections to Brooklyn that helped him land the job. Nash’s previously played with Nets general manager Sean Marks. The two were teammates in Phoenix when they both played in the NBA. That relationship made it easy for Marks to hire Nash onto the team.
Another key was making sure Nash was approved by Brooklyn’s star players Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Both players gave the Nets their approval to bring Nash on as their head coach.
Durant knows Nash from their time in Golden State. Nash was a consultant on the team while Durant spent three seasons with the Warriors winning two NBA titles during that time. Their relationship made it a good match for Nash to start his coaching career with two superstar players.
Can Nash Succeed in Brooklyn?
The talent is there for Brooklyn. Despite the team not having Durant for the season and Irving playing only 20 games due to his shoulder injury. Big men Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan provide Brooklyn with a strong paint presence. Joe Harris is lethal from the three-point line. Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert stepped up as the team’s next top scorers in place of Irving.
Brooklyn could look to add more talent, but Nash should have an easy time coming into his first season. The Nets are no strangers to former NBA All-Star guards coaching them for the first time. Jason Kidd took the Nets to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in his only season as their head coach back in the 2013-2014 season. That didn’t end well though with Kidd being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nash has always been known for having a high basketball IQ due to being a point guard. He always had control of the offense and knew what he needed to do to help his team win. That’s what made him a perfect candidate to be a coach after his playing days.
It’s scary to hire an inexperienced coach to take over the franchise. The pressure is on Nash from the beginning. Brooklyn has Irving and Durant so there’s no excuse to not win early and often. Many experts feel anything short of an NBA title would be considered a failure. Nash doesn’t have time to figure out how to be a coach. He must win now or he could be packing quickly.