Nets head coach Steve Nash further addressed his relationship with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
It’s been exactly a week since the Brooklyn Nets stunned the NBA community by confirming the appointment of Steve Nash as their next head coach. The 46-year-old wasn’t even rumored as a candidate — which was clearly the intent of general manager Sean Marks — but the coaching search had been in the works for weeks.
Though the fan base is understandably still warming up the hire, it’s easy to see why the front office believes that Nash is capable of helping Brooklyn reach their admittedly high ceiling with the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving leading the way.
Speaking of the Nets’ superstar duo, their new head coach revealed that he’s ready to build his relationship with them in a recent interview. We’ll start with Nash’s comments for Durant, who he deemed “one of the greatest players to ever play the game.”
The most telling part of that segment was how Nash acknowledged Durant’s eagerness to evolve and improve his craft despite already being one of the best players in the game. You can bet that the Hall of Fame point guard will help the two-time Finals MVP develop more ways to break down a defense and exploit defenders in isolation sets.
Much like Durant, the Nets head coach has great respect for Irving, who is apparently one of his “favorite players of all time.” Fans in Brooklyn will absolutely love hearing that Nash already boasts a strong relationship with the All-Star point guard and even got the chance to work out with him for a few days in New York after he retired in 2014, three years into Irving’s pro career.
We’re obviously excited to see what Nash can do to polish Durant’s already proficient repertoire (if that’s even possible), but if there’s one player who sticks out among the rest, it’s definitely Irving. If the former five-time assist champ can help the ex-No. 1 overall pick become more of a willing passer, there’s no telling what sort of numbers Brooklyn’s offense will put up.
Anybody know how many days remain until the start of the 2020-21 campaign?