Dallas Mavericks: What if Steve Nash never left in 2004
The Dallas Mavericks elimination from the playoffs shifts the focus to the offseason. The Brooklyn (former New Jersey) Nets have spent most of their time in the shadow of their geographic rival, the New York Knicks. In the summer of 2019 that changed. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with the Nets over the Knicks.
After injuries and a surprising finish in the bubble, Nets fans speculated over what the team’s next move would be. Who would be the coach? Would they trade for another star? How could the Nets assemble their own “Big 3”. On Thursday, they answered those questions by signing Steve Nash to a four-year deal to be their head coach.
Nash retired from the NBA in 2015. The two-time MVP was hired as a consultant by the Golden State Warriors almost immediately. Nash also served as GM of the Canadian National Team. He had no NBA coaching experience, but his connection with Kevin Durant from their time together in Golden State played a factor in the hiring.
Hiring former Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash as Nets coach is no slam dunk
Nash is one of may former guards to enter the realm of coaching. Names like Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd, and Doc Rivers spring to mind. NBA teams have seen mixed results when hiring former players.
Steve Nash spent six seasons with the Dallas Mavericks as a player. He became one of Dirk Nowitzki’s best friends. Mavs fans will definitely be rooting for Nash to succeed in Brooklyn.
Here is a look back at his time in Dallas to set the stage to answer one of the great what-ifs in team history.
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