The Brooklyn Nets appointed Steve Nash as their head coach in early September, but stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant see Nash in more of a collaborative role and not as a leader in top-down management.
“I can not really see that we have a head coach,” Irving said on Durant’s new podcast, “The Etcs.” “KD could be the head coach, I could be the head coach [some days]. “
Durant followed up by agreeing with Irving, calling it a “collaborative effort” and appointing assistant and former interim head coach Jacque Vaughn as someone who could fill the role on any given day.
Nash, who was a chocolate bearer of the Nets, said when he was appointed coach that he was particularly excited about working with Irving and called the star point guard a “savant with basketball.”
“Steve is amazing and I have a relationship with him that will build over time, bro,” Irving said. “Steve does not know me from anything he has heard or he has heard anyone else. We worked once in 2014, but it has grown as just a respectful relationship far away. I saw him in the Hall of Fame two years ago , gave him a big hug and now he’s head coach.And I think that will also change the way we look at coaches.
“I want someone who will first understand that I am first a human being, I first serve my community, and then basketball is something I do every day because I love,” Irving said. “We’ve always heard and seen how great Nash was as a player, but also when you get to know him as a person, you understand why he can exist with us. We do not need anyone to come in with their coaching philosophy. and change. everything we do. “
Durant has a strong relationship with Nash, forged in his time with the Golden State Warriors, where Nash was a game developer.
“I think having Steve there and working with our floor general every day will only give good results for our goal scorer like myself and Taurean [Prince], Caris [LaVert] and Spencer [Dinwiddie]Said Durant. They have the relationship that I think will be the key for us going forward. “
Durant acknowledged the unique leadership dynamics within the networks, especially with him, Irving and Nash.
“I think a lot of people might question our leadership, in general, or just the two of us,” Durant said. “But since Ky and I talked about being trained every single day, I think it leads by example, and I think a lot of our teammates follow that.”
Irving also dealt with crunch-time situations, and how he and Durant would play each other, and who would take the final shot. Irving said it would be about “who was hot” at the time, but explained that this is the first time in his career he feels he has a crunch time right on his team.
“One thing that I have always been familiar with, I felt was the best option on every team I played for down the stretch,” Irving said. “This is the first time in my career I look down and look like, ‘That mom can do that shot, too.’ “And he will probably make it a lot easier.
“It’s not so much exposed, because in previous situations where I did not take the last shot, I felt guilty. I want this game-winning shot, but you also want to trust your teammates. Not that I did not trust my teammates. but I felt I was the best option. “
Irving spent three seasons with LeBron James in Cleveland. He hit one of the most clutch shots in the history of the NBA Finals in Game 7 of their series against the Warriors in 2016.