Steve Nash has been named the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Nash will replace Jacque Vaughn, who will stay on as an assistant and is set to become the highest-paid assistant coach in NBA history.
Vaughn had been the Nets’ interim coach since March 7 and lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs against defending champions, Toronto Raptors. This was announced after the franchise mutually agreed to part ways with Kenny Atkinson. Nash joins the Nets following 5 seasons as a player development consultant with the Golden State Warriors, where he contributed to two championship teams and made four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.
“After meeting with a number of highly accomplished coaching candidates from diverse backgrounds, we knew we had a difficult decision to make. In Steve we see a leader, communicator and mentor who will garner the respect of our players.”, Sean Marks, Nets GM
“I have had the privilege to know Steve for many years. 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. We are excited to welcome Steve, Lilla, Lola, Bella, Matteo, Luca and Ruby to Brooklyn”, said General Manager Sean Marks.
“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,” Nash said in a statement, who is set to be unveiled via virtual conference on Wednesday.
— ESPN (@espn) September 3, 2020
In Brooklyn, Nash will be coaching a Nets team filled with talented scorers, including former KIA MVP and Finals MVP Kevin Durant and All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.
An eight-time NBA All-Star, Nash played 18 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. He won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 while playing for the Suns, becoming just the 10th player in NBA history to win the award in consecutive seasons.
Coach Nash has a good ring to it!
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) September 3, 2020
A five-time assist champion, Nash currently ranks third in NBA history with 10,335 career assists.
Coach Steve Nash 🔥 pic.twitter.com/4CgrQqrEzF
— ThrowbackHoops (@ThrowbackHoops) September 3, 2020
Nash has been pursued in several capacities since his retirement in 2015, including front-office and head-coaching opportunities.
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