Ahh nostalgia. Flowing locks starts the break. Swagger with a hammer dunk. Pringles waving his arms violently in a go-go-go motion. Conference Finals in 2005 and 2006 together as a trio. Those were the good ol days of Phoenix Suns basketball.
Now, Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Mike D’Antoni are together again, this time on the coaching staff of the Brooklyn Nets with Nash fittingly stirring the drink as the Head Coach.
ESPN story on Mike D'Antoni finalizing an assistant coaching deal to reunite with Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash. https://t.co/CnLS8AnDlu— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 30, 2020
In one offseason, Nash comes out of player retirement to take over the reins as head coach of the Nets despite zero coaching history.
But like Steve Kerr several years ago in Golden State, Nash has surrounded himself with very good assistants. Lead assistants Mike D’Antoni (Rockets) and Jacque Vaughn (Nets) just took their teams to the playoffs two months ago as head coaches and now will help Nash transition into the coaching ranks as his top assistants. Also joining Nash are Ime Udoka, a several-year assistant coach for the Spurs and Sixers, and former bandmate Amare Stoudemire.
With Nash, Amare and D’Antoni, the Nets are surely going to bring a creative and thrilling offensive scheme to Brooklyn.
And like Kerr in Golden State, Nash has the pleasure of cutting his coaching teeth with All-Stars and World Champions Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant executing that game plan.
And the cupboard behind those two is brimming. Irving and Durant, along with the Nash-led coaching staff, are being added to a team that just made the playoffs two years in a row, this last with Vaughn as the interim coach.
Joining Kyrie — and if you swing that way, KD — in the back court are Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie.
In the front court, Amare can teach a couple of slam dunk tricks to young Jarrett Allen — who suddenly looks a lot like his coach — and wily veteran DaAndre Jordan.
All this in a new-age SSOL package, where Nash and D’Antoni both lament their mid-2000s SSOL reluctance to shoot even more threes and frees than they did.
Looks a lot like a Finals contender doesn’t it?