Steve Nash was one of many NBA’s most entertaining level guards, the engineer of a high-scoring workforce that helped usher in a brand new period of basketball.

Now the Brooklyn Nets wish to see what the Canadian can do as a coach.

The Nets employed Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, placing the Corridor of Fame level guard accountable for the workforce that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving collectively subsequent season.

“Teaching is one thing I knew I wished to pursue when the time was proper, and I’m humbled to have the ability to work with the excellent group of gamers and workers we’ve right here in Brooklyn,” Nash stated in an announcement.

Nash, a two-time MVP because the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns groups below Mike D’Antoni, had been a participant improvement guide with Golden State, the place he labored with Durant.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was the final supervisor in Phoenix for a part of Nash’s time and took parts of the Suns’ system in successful three NBA titles. He thanked and congratulated Nash with a message on Twitter.

“You’ll crush it in Brooklyn!” Kerr wrote.

The Nets stated they’d have a Zoom information convention subsequent week to introduce Nash, the franchise’s 23rd coach and the second Corridor of Fame level guard with out head teaching expertise they’ve employed since transferring to Brooklyn in 2012.

Jason Kidd went proper from being a participant for the New York Knicks to teaching the Nets in 2013, main the workforce to the second spherical of the playoffs in his lone season earlier than leaving to teach Milwaukee.

Canadian basketball icon 

Nash grew up in Victoria, enjoying for Canada from 1993 to 2004 and later serving as basic supervisor of the nation’s senior nationwide workforce from 2012-19.

Nash is third in NBA historical past with 10,335 assists and was the 2005 and 2006 MVP, certainly one of solely 10 gamers to win it in back-to-back years. Phoenix made the Western Convention finals in each seasons, enjoying a method that critics sneered at because the Suns put up what, on the time, have been the three highest single-season 3-point totals in league historical past.

WATCH | CBC Sports activities’ Jevohn Shepherd assess Nash’s new place with Nets: 

CBC Sports activities basketball analyst Jevohn Shepherd joins Anson Henry to debate Steve Nash’s new place with the Nets. 3:54

Now even massive males shoot 3s, as groups prioritize tempo and spacing the ground relatively than pounding the ball into the paint.

Nash ought to have a workforce proficient sufficient to do all that. Not solely ought to Durant and Irving be recovered from their surgical procedures, however gamers resembling rising star Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris — assuming he’s re-signed — would all match properly.

WATCH | CBC Sports activities’ Matt Cullen focus on the Nets’ hiring of Steve Nash: 

CBC Sports activities’ Matt Cullen discusses the Brooklyn Nets’ hiring of two-time NBA MVP and Canada Basketball senior advisor Steve Nash of Victoria. 2:16

The Nets completed the season below Jacque Vaughn, who they stated would stay on the workers as Nash’s lead assistant.

The Nets reached the post-season regardless of having Irving for under 20 video games and Durant for none, however the two stars who got here to Brooklyn collectively final summer time are anticipated to be prepared for the 2020-21 season.

Enticing proposition

That made the Nets emptiness a horny proposition, and basic supervisor Sean Marks stated he met with numerous extremely completed candidates. There was even hypothesis the Nets would attempt to entice Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, for whom Marks performed after which labored below in San Antonio.

As an alternative, Marks turned to certainly one of his former teammates.

“In Steve we see a frontrunner, communicator and mentor who will garner the respect of our gamers,” Marks stated. “I’ve had the privilege to know Steve for a few years. One of many nice on-court leaders in our recreation, I’ve witnessed first-hand his basketball acumen and selfless method to prioritize workforce success.”

Vaughn completed the season after the Nets surprisingly parted methods with Kenny Atkinson on March 7. Vaughn led Brooklyn to No. 7 within the Japanese Convention regardless of coming to the restarted season in Disney with out lots of his prime gamers. 

Marks had indicated he could be a candidate to maintain the job. As an alternative, Vaughn goes again to his former place as a Nets assistant.

“Jacque has been an integral a part of our program and a key contributor to the expansion and improvement of our whole group,” Marks added. “His function in creating our gamers each on and off the courtroom and his affect driving our tradition have been invaluable.

Each of New York’s NBA groups have made splashy teaching hires this summer time. The Knicks employed former Coach of the Yr Tom Thibodeau.

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