Hall of Famer Steve Nash is the Brooklyn Nets’ New Head Coach

The Brooklyn Nets announced they hired Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash as their new head coach.

Nash, an eight-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, and two-time MVP, who played 18 seasons in the league, has never coached a game.

But Nets owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks believed the former Sun was the right candidate for the job and actively sought Nash.

“After meeting with a number of highly accomplished coaching candidates from diverse backgrounds, we knew we had a difficult decision to make,” Marks said in a news release.

Nash, who was teammates with Marks in Phoenix, said he was honored to have the opportunity.

“[I] would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife, Clara, for having faith in my ability to lead this team forward. Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn.”

 

“In Steve we see a leader, communicator and mentor who will garner the respect of our players. I have had the privilege to know Steve for many years. One of the great on-court leaders in our game, I have witnessed firsthand his basketball acumen and selfless approach to prioritize team success. His instincts for the game, combined with an inherent ability to communicate with and unite players towards a common goal, will prepare us to compete at the highest levels of the league.”

Despite his lack of coaching experience, Nash did work as a consultant with Kevin Durant when he played with the Warriors, and the two developed a strong relationship.

Several coaches had been considered for the position, including Nets’ assistant coach Jacque Vaughn who led the team to a 5-3 record in the bubble.

Vaughn is being kept on as the highest-paid lead assistant coach in the NBA.