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Steve Nash's relationship with Brooklyn Nets players will be crucial this season

Steve Nash's relationship with his players will be tested once again this season and it could determine how long he could keep his job.
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash with superstar forward Kevin Durant

Steve Nash, Kevin Durant

Steve Nash wasn’t brought in to become a tactical wizard; that’s as far as he would admit. But in terms of creating synergy among his players, he’s been a failure so far. Depending on how the upcoming season goes for the Nets, that could determine how long he will keep his job in the next season.

Steve Nash brushes off rift with Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant reportedly made Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks choose between him and Steve Nash. Even if everyone in the Nets organization is downplaying the incident right now because the new season is about to start, if it remains unresolved, it could rear its ugly head when things aren’t going their way. For coach Steve Nash, he revealed he had already talked to his 12-time All-Star. Nash added that the two are fine and good with each other.

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“Knowing Kevin as long as I have, it didn’t really bother me the way maybe everyone would think...I wasn’t overly surprised and I wasn’t even overly concerned. I thought it was something we would address in time and we did and here we are and we’re looking forward. There’s something in this we can all grow from as well,” Nash said.

Meanwhile, Marks claimed he respects Kevin Durant and their honest conversations. The Nets GM added that things have been tough for the sweet-shooting forward.

How Nash handles players’ egos could determine if he keeps his job

It was not right to blame Steve Nash after his team's massive letdown last year. What was supposed to be the most dangerous trio in the history of the NBA ended up with a thud. James Harden left. Kyrie Irving refused to play. Durant never intentionally missed games, while the other supporting cast were left to wonder why they ever signed up for it.

Yes, Nash wasn’t hired to become a great coach. He was hired because of his player management skills. Handling a lot of egos isn’t an easy task for any coach, especially for Steve, who is still finding his coaching style. But this season is about how well the Brooklyn head coach handles the adversities and his players. 

That’s why it’s important to resolve the issues amongst themselves, not in front of the media, because there will be times they will be tested. And if everyone keeps on pretending things are fine and brushing off conflicts and rifts, it’s looking like a long season for the Nets without much of a difference to show, just like last season. 

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