BREAKING: Brooklyn Nets Coach Hunt Comes To An End With Hiring of Hall of Famer Steve Nash

Published 09/03/2020, 10:39 AM EDT


After weeks of speculation, the Brooklyn Nets coaching situation has been finalized. In one of the most surprising Woj bombs recently, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that the Nets have hired Hall of Famer point guard Steve Nash to be their head coach, despite no prior experience of coaching.

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The Nets were heavily linked with Gregg Popovich, Tyronn Lue, and Jason Kidd previously. So this has come out of nowhere. The closest Nash came to a coaching role previously was a consulting role for the Warriors. Woj also revealed that the Nets had been aggressively pursuing Nash, behind the scenes, for weeks.

Nash’s entry into the front office means interim head coach Jacque Vaughn takes a back seat. He will now be the lead assistant but will be the league’s highest-paid assistant.

Can Steve Nash lead the Brooklyn Nets to a ring?

Nets GM Sean Marks knows Nash from their playing days together back at the Suns. The duo played together for two years from 2006-2008. So that could have been a factor in this hiring.

While unveiling Nash as the coach, Marks said, “In Steve, we see a leader, communicator, and mentor who will garner the respect of our players. One of the great on-court leaders in our game, I have witnessed firsthand his basketball acumen and selfless approach to prioritize team success.

“His instincts for the game, combined with an inherent ability to communicate with and unite players towards a common goal, will prepare us to compete at the highest levels of the league”

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Talking about his first venture into coaching Nash said, “I am honored to have this opportunity with such a first-class organization. Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right. I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn.

In his playing career, the two-time MVP was never able to win a ring. He made multiple appearances in the Conference Finals but was never able to go beyond. However, during this tenure as a consultant with the Warriors, Nash won two rings.

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But that won’t matter as much as a ring won as a player or coach. At the Nets, he will be aiming to do achieve that. With two superstars in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Nash has a capable roster in his hands. They will be one of the most feared teams and will be expected to challenge for the title.

 

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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