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The Brooklyn Nets sideline is going to be filled with plenty of attacking brains next season as Mike D’Antoni has reportedly agreed to a deal to become Steve Nash’s assistant staff coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski D’Antoni resigned as head coach of the Houston Rockets shortly after the team lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Lakers, and many believed he would find another coaching position- leader in the league
At the start of his free coaching agency, D’Antoni was attached to several jobs, including the Pelicans and the Pacers But it was reported in mid-October that the two-time coach of the year was a potential candidate to join the Nets coaching staff. With D’Antoni joining the Brooklyn staff, it reunites him with Nash, whom he coached on two separate stints throughout Nash’s career. Most notably, however, was their time in Phoenix, where with D’Antoni at the helm and Nash as the star point guard, the two orchestrated one of the most prolific offenses in league history, with the Golden Seven Seconds. Less suns
Now that Nash begins his first head coaching position, he will be able to draw on a coach who helped him land two league MVP awards and was instrumental in his becoming a player. of the Hall of Fame Between the two of them, they will be able to find creative ways to use their two stars in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, and will undoubtedly have an offense that can put a lot of points on the board.
Ime Udoka, who spent seven years under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and most recently a season with the Philadelphia 76ers, also joins D’Antoni on the coaching staff As D’Antoni , Udoka was being considered for several head coach gigs in the league, including the Bulls and Sixers, but the two teams have gone in different directions Now Udoka will be able to bring what he learned under Popovich’s leadership to a Nets side with championship aspirations next season.
With the addition of D’Antoni and Udoka, Nash has amassed an impressive coaching staff for a newbie Jacque Vaughn will remain the Nets’ top assistant coach, and former teammate Amar’e Stoudemire will also join him as as an assistant specializing in player development Stoudemire and Nash spent several seasons together playing for the Suns where they formed one of the best pick-and-roll combinations in the mid-2000s.
The Nets are set to be a serious title contender for next season, and with this coaching staff, it will be interesting to see what this attack looks like with Irving and Durant at the center of it all.
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