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“We wouldn’t have done any better” - Steve Kerr shares his support for Steve Nash

Steve Kerr thinks the he or Erik Spoelstra couldn't do anything if they were the one coaching the messy Brooklyn Nets
Steve Kerr & Steve Nash

Steve Kerr & Steve Nash

In the aftermath of the Brooklyn Nets' firing of their head coach Steve Nash, the former Phoenix Suns guard found an ally in Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

"We wouldn't have done any better"

Steve Kerr shared his reaction after the Nets fired coach Steve Nash due to a poor start of the season where the superstar-laden team languished in the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2-5 record.

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“Steve Nash is a friend of mine. More than anything, he has all the qualities to be a brilliant coach and it’s a good reminder to me and all other coaches that we are all at the whim of players and front offices.” Kerr also added that he and Erik Spoelstra were lucky to have the support they needed to succeed. “You throw either of us (Erike Spoelstra) in that situation, we wouldn’t have done any better.”

That's the reality a lot of NBA coaches face today. They are the ones who shoulder the blame and get axed when things go south. Could these two multi-titled coaches have done anything to change the situation in Brooklyn? It's hard to say. Nash did his best amid the media noise despite his two-star players publicly questioning his skills and leadership. Steve remained a professional, and that was all fans could ask for. Severing ties with a head coach is easier than cutting ties with a star player contracted for several years. Finding a suitable trade partner makes it more problematic.

What led to Steve Nash's firing?

There were questions if Nash earned his spot as Brooklyn Nets head coach, given that many coaches with better credibilities were left out. He has only two full seasons with the team, and many would agree that he didn't get a chance to build his own team. Nash was tasked to coach Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Ben Simmons. But because he couldn't make them buy or commit to his system, distractions along the way prevented Brooklyn from achieving its lofty standards. Accepting the job comes with a certain responsibility, and Nash accepted that wholeheartedly. Still, the way the front office dispatched him was cruel, to say the least.

Nash told GM Sean Marks that the players are no longer responding to him. But instead of thinking of how to solve the problem, Marks decided to do the easiest: fire the head coach. It isn't a secret that Durant and Irving were not fans of Nash. With reports of Ime Udoka's hiring as a replacement for Steve Nash, it's interesting how he would handle the team after a successful run with the Boston Celtics.

The move was clearly an act of desperation on the Nets' front office. They know their championship window is closing quickly. The burden of winning now falls on Simmons, Ky, and KD, who have to prove they have what it takes to be a legitimate title contender in the NBA. 

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