This is the first time Steve Nash will hold a full-time NBA coaching job.
Nash takes over from Jacque Vaughn who has been the interim head coach since March 7 when the team decided to part ways with Kenny Atkinson. Vaughn will remain with the team as the lead assistant coach. Nash said that I am honoured to have this opportunity with such a first-class organization and would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife, Clara, for having faith in my ability to lead this team forward.
Nash feels that coaching is something he knew and wanted to pursue when the time was right. He said, ”I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn. 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.”
Nash has spent the past five seasons as a player development consultant with the Golden State Warriors, where he built a strong relationship with Nets star Kevin Durant. During an 18-year career in the NBA, the 46-year-old won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006, becoming the 10th player in league history to win the award in consecutive seasons.
He was teammates with Marks during his time with the Phoenix Suns.
The Victoria, B.C., native was named to All-NBA teams seven times throughout his career and ranks third all-time in career assists with 10,335. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.
General manager Sean Marks says that after meeting with a number of highly accomplished coaching candidates from diverse backgrounds he knew we had a difficult decision to make.