Canadian Star Steve Nash Named New Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets
On Thursday morning, the Brooklyn Nets shocked the NBA world when they named former two-time MVP Steve Nash the 23rd head coach in the franchise’s history.
The 46-year old may not have much coaching experience, but he arrives after spending two seasons with the Golden State Warriors as a consultant – winning two NBA Championships over that span. As a player, Nash was known for his leadership, elite basketball IQ and feel for the game, and it is definitely something that intrigued the Nets in making this hiring.
Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash has signed a four-year contract to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell ESPN.
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“I am honoured to have this opportunity with such a first-class organization and would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife, Clara, for having faith in my ability to lead this team forward,” said Nash in a statement released by the team. “Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn. I am as excited about the prospects of the team on the court as I am about moving to Brooklyn with my family and becoming impactful members of this community.”
Jacque Vaughn, who replaced former head coach Kenny Atkinson in the interim, will stay on as the lead assistant coach. Together with Nash, the Nets new coaching staff will be entrusted with integrating Kevin Durant into the flow of the offense while finding a way to keep Kyrie Irving engaged.
Nash’s contract is reportedly for four years.