The Brooklyn Nets have hired a new head coach in Steve Nash, one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. After weeks of speculation and rumors suggesting the Nets would go all-in to sign San Antonio Spurs legendary coach Gregg Popovich, Nash has taken the job, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. This will be the first coaching experience in Nash's career after being a consultant in the Golden State Warriors organization.
Nash has signed a four-year contract, sources told ESPN.
In recent weeks, Nets owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks have been aggressive in recruiting Nash to make the leap that he had so far resisted in his retirement as a transcendent player: head coaching.
Nash, 46, comes with no coaching experience, but a history of peerless leadership, basketball IQ and playing innovation. He also brings a strong relationship with Nets star Kevin Durant, forged together in his consultant role with the Golden State Warriors.
The good thing for the Nets is that he knows KD, the leader of the team. He knows the player and their good relationship can bring a lot of good things to the team.
Ever since his retirement in 2015, we wonder when Nash was going to take a coaching job in the league. Now that question has been answered and the Nets will have a debutant coach next year. Fresh players, fresh ideas; things could work pretty good for them.