Early Thursday morning, the Brooklyn Nets officially appointed Steve Nash as their new head coach.
Nash, a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, signed a four-year deal to coach the Brooklyn Nets full-time.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Nash’s recruitment was an aggressive one conducted by Nets owner, Joe Tsai and general manager, Sean Marks. Marks is one of Nash’s former teammates
Marks stated that Nash was recruited because of his leadership, communication and mentoring skills that will accumulate respect from the players. Marks continued “I have witnessed first hand his basketball acumen and selfless approach to prioritize team success. His instincts for the game, combined with an inherent ability to communicate with and unite players towards a common goal, will prepare us to compete at the highest levels of the league.”
“I am honored to have this opportunity with such a first-class organization and would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife, Clara, for having faith in my ability to lead this team forward,” Nash stated in an NBA press release. “Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn. I am as excited about the prospects of the team on the court as I am about moving to Brooklyn with my family and becoming impactful members of this community.”
The Brooklyn Nets will also be welcoming back Jacque Vaughn as the lead assistant coach. Vaughn took over as head coach for the Nets before the pandemic-induced shutdown of the NBA.
“Jacque has been an integral part of our program and a key contributor to the growth and development of our entire organization. His role in developing our players both on and off the court and his influence driving our culture have been invaluable,” Marks said.
Vaughn will be the highest-paid lead assistant coach in the NBA.