Steve Nash made a guest appearance on the J.J. Redick podcast in which, among many other things, reflected on the opportunity to coach both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant still in their prime years. Nash already interacted with Durant when he was a member of the Golden State Warriors, and Nash was hired as a development coach withing the team. He knows what to expect from Durant, and Nash wouldn’t get the job with the Brooklyn Nets if Durant didn’t approve that move.
Even though he knows Kyrie ever since he came to the NBA, Nash is looking forward to getting to know him better and see what makes him tick as a person. Kyrie is often misunderstood in the media, and often times portrayed in a negative manner, but he is a great basketball player that Nash is looking to connect even more.
I have a much longer history with Kevin, but with Kyrie, I’m excited. This is one of my favorite players, and he’s kind of a savant in basketball. To get to know him off the court. This is a guy that donated 1.5 million dollars to the WNBA girls who were affected by the Covid-19. He provided almost a million dollars in meals for people, and he helped so many people. This is a deep, sensitive, intelligent person that I’m excited to get to know and see what makes him tick on a deeper level.Steve Nash, via J.J.Redick Podcast
One of the most significant factors of Nets’ potential success in the upcoming years is whether Irving and Durant can click on the court and create chemistry between themselves. According to Nash, for him, as a coach playing the two-man game is the easiest thing he can do if he wants to score. Contrary to some of the things coaches previously did, Nash has a plan to test KD on all five positions while Irving will probably move off the ball more than in previous years.
It’s the easiest part of the job by throwing them both in a two-man game. They are two exceptionally difficult players to defend. Kyrie can score as well as anyone, and Kevin, with his length, is a matchup problem for everyone. Those two in the two-man game is just incredible. But also their versatility. Kyrie is great off the ball, and Kevin can play all five positions, and I plan to use him on all five positions.Steve Nash, via J.J.Redick Podcast
People were concerned about Nash’s coaching experience, and he did say he wasn’t brought in to be a tactical wizard, but use his knowledge to manage the team’s chemistry and simply refine some of the internal processes for them to be successful. It’s evident he is motivated to do the job well and has an idea on which values the Nets need to have as a team. Maximizing Irving and Durant will definitely be a huge factor in their success and the opportunity to win a championship next season.