The Brooklyn Nets have hired former two-time MVP and basketball Hall of Fame Steve Nash to be their new head coach for the next four years. Jacque Vaugh will stay with the team as the lead assistant coach.
OFFICIAL: The Brooklyn Nets have named Steve Nash as the 23rd head coach in the franchise’s NBA history. pic.twitter.com/SG8OoN3a8g
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 3, 2020
The Nets and former head coach Kenny Atkinson decided to part ways before the season was suspended and Vaughn served as interim head coach for the meantime. With Vaughn, the team had 5-3 record during the Orlando bubble and were later swept by the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs.
Since he retired in 2015, Nash had several opportunities to coach in the league but turn them down. Eventually, he joined the Golden State Warriors as a player development consultant where he won two titles with the organization. Now, he decided it’s time to give coaching a chance. Following comes from Nets statement:
“I am honored 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. 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.”