Steve Nash has agreed to a four-year contract to become the Brooklyn Nets’ next head coach.
The Nets have been looking for their next head coach since the departure of Kenny Atkinson in February. Team owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks are said to have been “aggressive in recruiting Nash,” although the former point guard had no experience as a coach.
During his time in the NBA, Nash was widely regarded as one of the smartest players in the league, consistently capable of leading the best and most efficient offensive games. The two-time MVP had apparently resisted training so far, but coaching such a talented team as the Nets proved too tempting to resist.
Even before the Nash was hired, the Nets were among the most promising teams in the NBA going into next season. Kevin Durant was expected to return to the field after missing the entire season because of an Achilles tendon tear. Durant will team up with Kyrie Irving, who is one of the most capable ball owners since Nash. The duo are expected to immediately make Brooklyn a contender in the Eastern Conference.
In a statement released by the team, Nash expressed his enthusiasm for his new position, saying it was the perfect opportunity for him to start his coaching career.
“I am honored to have this opportunity in such a first-class organization and would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife Clara for having confidence in my ability to lead this team forward. Coaching is something I knew I wanted to do when the time was right, and I’m honored to be able to work with the excellent group of players and staff that we have here in Brooklyn. I’m as excited about the team’s prospects on the court as I are about moving to Brooklyn with my family and becoming influential members of that community.