Wow. I did not see that one coming.
Gotta be honest with ya. I was kinda buying into some of the internet fodder in the last few days shifting San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Poppovich to Brooklyn.
But I like a good surprise. Steve Nash is what I consider just that.
A good surprise.
Now it can be argued that Nash carries a lot of clout being considered as one of the greatest point guards in the history of the NBA. Plus back to back MVP’s certainly would earn him an advantage to “cut the line” into a head coaching gig. Especially for someone who never held the title of head coach before but at one point or another was rumored to have any interested in the professsion.
Of course one can always change their mind. It is allowed. Even in this climate. Hell I change my mind in a span of 30 minutes numerous times with my wife as to what I want for dinner on a daily basis.
One can also argue Brooklyn assistant Jacque Vaughn deserved the gig instead. Of course I am not going to tell the Brooklyn Nets front office how to run their franchise. But Vaughn did coach the team without Kyrie Irving and key role players Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan to a 7-3 record (5-3 in the bubble) and a playoff berth.
It’s also worth noting for context sake that out of nine current coaches who are former players in the league, seven of them are white while two are black. For as much credit as we give the NBA for being a progressive league and they damn sure deserve that title, that does not mean there are still a few blinds spots. The coaching ranks are one of them.
As for whether I like or dislike this hire. We have ZERO to go on. It’s clear that Steve Nash is a very intelligent guy. He certain was one on the basketball court. So I can’t judge this as a good hire or a bad one.
But it’s an interesting one. That’s for damn sure.