Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash has signed a four-year contract to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
In recent weeks, Nets owner Joe Tsai and GM Sean Marks have been aggressive in recruiting Nash to make the leap to head coaching that he had so far resisted in retirement after his transcendent playing career.
"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. "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."
The 46-year-old Nash comes with zero coaching experience, but he has a history of leadership and playing innovation. He also brings a strong relationship with Nets star Kevin Durant. Nash was a consultant for the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and built a relationship with Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP for Golden State.
Nash was a two-time NBA MVP and one of the best ever to play point guard—which bodes well for Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving.