By Alex Al-Kazzaz
It really came as quite a shock when the world learned that the Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their new head coach. Nash signed a four-year contract to coach the Nets. The fact that he has no coaching experience makes it understandable as to why many would think he's not suited for the job. However, in Nash's case, you got to start somewhere, right?
The NBA remembers Nash not only for his amazing playing skills but for his strong leadership, as well. Leadership is a very important aspect of coaching duties. Coaches who can't lead, cannot coach. He and Kevin Durant can very well get along famously. They know each other very well. Nash was previously a consultant in the Golden State Warriors organization during the time that Durant was there. For those two, it's time to take that relationship to the next level.
The Nets have had some rough years. In the past eight years, they've made the playoffs on five occasions. They got past the first round only once. The Nets really want to return to being a true contender worthy of challenging for the NBA title. There's a lot of rebuilding to do.
Can Steve Nash Successfully Rebuild The Nets?
While it's honestly unclear if he can or can't, he at least deserves a chance. Nash is considered one of the greatest players in history. He's perfectly capable of taking his basketball knowledge from his playing days to his coaching. Of course, he'll learn a lot and he'll have many experiences, some good and some bad, but that's how it goes in coaching. Rookie coaches must be willing to go through a lot as far as learning goes. It's all about learning and growing. Time will tell and we have to be patient.
This opportunity is huge for Nash. Honestly, it's only fitting that he's now coaching in the NBA. As mentioned earlier, he's one of the greatest players from his generation. Many would say that it'd be more fitting if he were to coach the Phoenix Suns. He very may well to so one day, but for now, he's starting with an organization that needs a fresh start. In other words, Nash is at the perfect place to start.
What's very important to keep in mind is that when a player goes from playing to coaching, he is stepping into a new world. Nash is officially beginning a new chapter not only in his professional career but in his life, as well. This is truly a life-changing opportunity for him. Quite frankly, he deserves it.