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Nets add D'Antoni to Nash's staff

Field Level Media
31 Oct 2020, 04:19 GMT+10

Steve Nash and Mike D'Antoni are putting the band back together in Brooklyn.

The Nets on Friday hired D'Antoni as an assistant coach to Nash, who won two Most Valuable Player awards while playing point guard for D'Antoni's Phoenix Suns in the mid-2000s.

Brooklyn also named Ime Udoka as an assistant coach and added former Suns forward Amar'e Stoudemire as a player development assistant to Nash's staff, which already includes associate head coach Jacque Vaughn.

"We've assembled an experienced staff of high-character individuals with varied backgrounds, both on and off the court, that will help create a solid foundation for me and our players," Nash said in a press release. "When I set out to build this staff, I wanted to put together a committed group that would connect with our players and help put them in the best position to succeed as a team. With coaching and playing experience at the highest level and a deep background in player development, I'm confident that we've put the right people in place to lead us forward."

The Nets gave Nash his first head coaching job on Sept. 3. Ten days later, D'Antoni stepped down after four seasons as head coach of the Houston Rockets.

Nash, 46, played four seasons for D'Antoni in Phoenix (2004-05 to 2007-08), operating a fast-paced offense that led to back-to-back MVP awards, two 60-win campaigns and four playoff berths. Nash also played the last two seasons of his Hall of Fame career for D'Antoni with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

D'Antoni, 69, owns a 672-527 (.560) record in 16 seasons as a head coach with the Denver Nuggets (1998-99), Suns (2003-08), New York Knicks (2008-12), Lakers (2012-14) and Rockets. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2004-05 and 2016-17.

Udoka, 43, was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers last season after spending the previous seven seasons on San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's staff.

Stoudemire, 37, was a six-time All-Star who played alongside Nash in Phoenix for six seasons (2004-10). He last played in the NBA in 2015-16. He scored 15,994 points in 846 games with the Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

Led by All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, the Nets are expected to vie for an NBA championship in 2021-22.

--Field Level Media

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