Steve Nash made a guest appearance on the J.J. Redick podcast, where he talked about the most recent update in his career path. When it was announced, the Brooklyn Nets hired Nash as their head-coach that initiated a lot of attention from the media. Several analysts said Nash doesn’t have enough experience to coach a team that is aiming for a championship. On the other hand, others said he is a great fit and can bring a lot to a team with his experience and the respect players have for him within the NBA.
The main concern for a young coach is to impose his authority and leadership over players to buy into his system. Nash said when he came to the NBA, coaches were different, and they had an authoritarian approach to their players, which doesn’t work with today’s generation of players.
When I came into the NBA, it was more like an authoritarian position being a coach, and this is how we are doing it. Those days are long gone.Steve Nash, via J.J. Redick Podcast
Nash signed a 4-year deal, and his main goal is to build a winning culture with the Nets and values that will hopefully win them a championship.
It’s really important to double-down on those relationships and build that culture. Culture is a system of behavior so setting a standard on how we are going to behave, what is important to us, who are, what our values are.Steve Nash, via J.J. Redick Podcast
Even though Nash was the perfect floor general, he understands he will not bring anything extraordinary to this team when it comes to strategy. His duty will be to manage all the team personalities, which predominantly means taking care that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving give their maximum because that will be the main ingredient for their success in the upcoming season.
I wasn’t hired to be a tactical wizard. They understand that my acumen for the game is strong, and I can catch up on any of the technical aspects. They hired me because I have the experience and the personality to work with these guys and to be able to help them grow and reach their potential and bring it all together. I have to lead with my understanding of group dynamics, and I think that is the key, especially when you have a team of a roster that we have.Steve Nash, via J.J. Redick Podcast
It’s essential everybody gives Nash a chance because he definitely can be a great coach in the NBA. His lack of experience coaching is definitely a factor, but as a player, he’s been through challenging situations before, and he will be a great mentor to his players who are still in their primes and could learn a lot from Nash every day in practice.