New Nets coach Steve Nash revolutionized the NBA offense with the Suns’ point guard, and under the leadership of Mike D’Antoni, he won all the honors except the championship. Now, Nash hopes to win that title eventually, and his former mentor is now his assistant.
Hiring D’Antoni as the team’s head coach is generally considered a success, but adding one of the nine men as an assistant coach to win multiple NBA Coach of the Year awards is a coup. This also means that Nash is doubling his and D’Antoni’s style under 7 seconds from 2004-08 in Phoenix.
Six seconds or less, anyone?
“He will do what he needs to do and he will figure it out. He will work hard. His job is as hard as anyone I have seen on the basketball court, preparing him every day,”
“Yes, I am excited for him. I am so happy that he will open the game and he will definitely run. He will work hard and will be with smart people.”
D’Antoni is one of those smart people.
Although some people questioned Nash’s hiring because he had never been an assistant coach, the rookie coach wisely chose a familiar face to rely on and chose a smart basketball player.
The 69-year-old D’Antoni ushered in the era of pace and space, focusing on three-point shooting. Nash is an important part of all work in the Hall of Fame playing career.
When the two were together in Phoenix, Nash won a pair of MVPs. They renewed their contract with the Lakers for the 2012-14 season.
D’Antoni played with the Suns with a 253-136 excellent performance, creating a fanatical and open style of play. This style has surpassed the times, but has become a model for the modern NBA.
After Phoenix, D’Antoni also coached the Knicks, but was unceremoniously abandoned in a fierce withdrawal. He recently coached in Houston, where he adjusted his style, focusing on the ball and focusing on the opposite sex, James Harden. In the Rockets’ four seasons, his impressive 217-102 record is the best record in the Western Conference during that period (.682), and ranks second in the league, second only to the Raptors.
“People talk about the Phoenix team I played and the revolutionary tone of how it affects the game. But to be honest, Mike D’Antoni’s talent is largely because he let it Continue to develop rather than hinder progress.
Nash cautiously avoided details, but he admitted with the season ticket holder at the virtual city hall on Tuesday that he intended to proceed with him, D’Antoni and Amar’e Stoudemire The same wide-ranging, fast-paced offense-also just hired as an assistant to the Nets-is famous in Phoenix.
“I hope we play fast. I want us to separate the floor.” Nash said. “I hope we create opportunities to play downhill with the controlling players and attack each other. Many advanced philosophies, of course, we will design and provide offensive equipment and things suitable for our team.”
Another neglected help D’Antoni can bring is his handling of stars. He has played for Team USA with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of the Nets and has extensive experience dealing with big-name players.
D’Antoni led Nash and Harden to three MVP trophies. He has also coached Stoudemire, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. In short, he can not only help tactics, but also temperament-Nash needs to win that elusive title.