Steve Nash will debut as head coach on the bench of some Brooklyn Nets who were looking for a coach for the 2020-21 season
The Brooklyn Nets already have a new coach. The team officially reported that Steve Nash will coach the New York team, thus starting a new era in the franchise.
OFFICIAL: The Brooklyn Nets have named Steve Nash as the 23rd head coach in the franchise’s NBA history. pic.twitter.com/SG8OoN3a8g
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 3, 2020
“After meeting with several candidates from different backgrounds, we knew we had a very difficult decision to make,” explains General Manager Sean Marks in the franchise’s official statement. “ In Steve, we see a leader, a communicator and a mentor who will earn the respect of our players. I have the privilege of knowing Steve for many years. He is one of the best leaders in the field of the sport and I have witnessed first-hand the generosity with which he prioritizes the success of the team. His instinct for this sport, combined with his inherent ability to communicate and unite the players for a common goal, will prepare us to compete at the highest level in this league. We are so excited to welcome Steve, Lilla, Lola, Bella, Matteo, Luca, and Ruby to Brooklyn. “
Nash himself was very excited about this new stage in his career. “It is an honor for me to have this opportunity in a first-class organization,” confessed the Canadian. ” Coaching is something I knew I wanted to do when the time was right, and I’m grateful to be able to work with a quality team of players and coaching staff like the one in Brooklyn .”
After a career of 18 seasons as an NBA player Steve Nash he became part of the staff of the Golden State Warriors as a player development consultant for five seasons, also playing roles in court with some of the young players of the franchise, beyond the workouts themselves.
During his time as a player, the Canadian point guard wore the uniform of the Phoenix Suns (in two stages), the Dallas Mavericks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Among his personal achievements are the two MVP awards he won back-to-back in 2005 and 2006, is the 10th player in history to achieve this back-to-back in these awards. He was also eight times all-star, three times a member of the All-Star Five of the season, and averaged 14.3 points, 3 rebounds, and 8.5 assists throughout 1,217 regular-season games, as well as 17.3 points and 8.8 assists in 120 playoff games.
Jacque Vaughn will remain on the coaching staff
To date, the head coach position was being held on an interim basis by Jacque Vaughn, who will now remain on the Nets coaching staff as Nash’s assistant coach, being the highest-paid assistant in the entire NBA, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.
“We are delighted to retain Jacque as one of the leaders of our coaching staff. It has been a very important part of our program and a basic piece in the growth and development of this organization. His work in developing our players, on and off the pitch, and his influence in maintaining our culture are priceless. Our players will benefit from Jacque’s continuity and we are very lucky to continue to have him in the Nets family, ” explained Sean Mark.