By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Brooklyn Nets were considered the favorites to hire Gregg Popovich if he left the San Antonio Spurs. However, when the team made their coaching hire, it was not the veteran leader.
Instead, Sean Marks, the Nets General Manager, hired Steve Nash. Marks signed Nash to a four-year deal to lead the sidelines.
Nash has no prior coaching experience. However, he has worked with the Golden State Warriors in a player development role.
“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 released Thursday morning. “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.”
Besides having the support of Marks, who was previously teammates with Nash with the Phoenix Suns, the former point guard also has the support of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Nash was a member of the Warriors when Durant played for the team.
He wasn’t a name that was publicly listed for the position. The Nets are expected to keep Jacque Vaughn, who served as the team’s interim head coach to finish the season after Kenny Atkinson was fired.
“After meeting with a number of highly accomplished coaching candidates from diverse backgrounds, we knew we had a difficult decision to make,” Marks said in a statement. “In Steve we see a leader, communicator and mentor who will garner the respect of our players.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.”