Kyrie sad this on the “The ETCs with Kevin Durant” podcast, and to be fair, both KD and Kyrie talked a lot about their respect and admiration for Steve Nash. But this is exactly the kind of stuff the new Brooklyn coach is going to have to deal with. First of all, a statement like this will have a lot of media pushing him to address/respond to statements like these. Is he going to change his title to “collaborative coach”?
Nash himself talked openly about the fact he has no coaching experience. He insisted Jacques Vaughn stays on as the lead assistant and understands he needs an experienced group around him. In that vein, taking your players’ input is not a bad thing. But I’m not sure the version of collaboration Kyrie is talking about works in an NBA team environment.
“We don’t need somebody to come in, put their coaching philosophy on everything that we’re doing, and change up the wheel. ‘You, you guys need to start doing this,‘ and we start running on the first day of practice. I want somebody, I need somebody that’s going to understand that I am a human being first, I serve my community and where I come from first, and then basketball is something I come in and do every single day because I love. I have the right and people around me to come in and do my job at a high level, and I know that they will hold me accountable to that level.”Kyrie Irving, The ECTs with Kevin Durant
This doesn’t mean anything, and that’s the problem with holding Kyrie accountable. One day he’s staying in Boston if they’ll have him, the other he doesn’t owe anyone anything. How do you hold such a person accountable for anything? If he is speaking in meta terms and often contradicts himself, that makes it hard.
Not to mention there are 13 other guys on that team, next to KD and Kyrie, who expect to be held to the same standard as the two of them. Later in the pod, possibly to save the message a bit, KD said they plan to lead by example. Allow Nash to coach them, learn from him, and then everyone else will follow. The only problem is, a few minutes before that, Kyrie said he doesn’t want to be coached within someone’s philosophy or “run on the first day of practice.”
I love Steve Nash, but he brought this on himself.