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As you may or may not be aware here on a Tuesday, Steve Nash is currently about midway through what I believe is gonna be about midway through an hour long session there with Iron Eagle as a bit of a town hall meeting style, taking questions from both Iron Eagle as well as season ticket holders and fans on social media as well, getting to know the coach a bit and asking some of those questions about what the expectations are for Brooklyn coming into this season.
Obviously getting Kevin Durant back on the floor, having a new head coach and Steve Nash integrating some new personalities, maybe some new ideas on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
And in that vein, knowing that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been working out together this offseason, all expectations are that they're gonna be able to hit the ground running.
What could be a relatively quick timeline here? Not for them, not necessarily for Kevin Durant has had a long stint off here before he gets back into game action.
But obviously, from an MBA perspective, as over the last couple of days, the discussions in and around the possibility off starting the new MBA season on what what they're putting out there is December 22nd.
So just prior to Christmas Day, where a lot of those big games happened year to year, they could be looking to actually get this thing back underway in under two months.
And there's a lot of moving parts there.
Matt Brooks and I got on this morning for SportsCastr news and kind of talked about this.
A lot of the moving parts are what does the C B A look like you have the draft toe work through.
You need Thio provide offseason time for free agents, etcetera.
So there's really a lot that you're going to need to sort out there and toe have.
Also, the players agreed to this right through the Players association.
We know we have LeBron James coming off off uh, championship run, winning another title for himself, Anthony Davis winning his first.
So what does it look like for players that went 100 plus days down in Orlando in the bubble, isolated and knowing that potentially is going to look similar.
Some type of similar structure.
Not gonna be in one location, necessarily.
But these travels going to different locations.
They could start to do some bulk scheduling, playing a team multiple times, every single visit along the way.
And it's gonna have some type of bubble aspect, even if it just is staying with the team, the hotel and going home now, for the most part, a lot of big name players a lot of the guys that operate the highest level in the N B A would say, Hey, listen, I gettinto lock on mode when I go into the season that being said, it still is going to be an adjustment.
It still is something that has to be discussed between the players and the coaches, and figuring that out is going to be crucial to moving the needle on this December 22nd.
Ah, potential restart for the MBA.
That being the case dug and I dug Nori, obviously we'll be getting on today following this town hall meeting. We're gonna be recording.
I have some questions for him, and I may even tease them here a little bit.
And then there's some things that I don't think we'll get into over there.
That will certainly be worth highlighting, though.
If you are just a pure Brooklyn Nets fan and you're excited about hearing some things from Steve Nash, we'll run through some of the notes here.
Obviously, this happened in real time, so I'll need to take a look at what I jotted down here.
Shout out there, Thio bleed red there for coming in on the broadcast.
A swell, Um, listen, I in Eagle asked, Were you you know, where did the coaching bug begin? For you, quote unquote and for whatever you want to take from it.
It's not like it's not some revelation in terms of Steve Nash's response.
But what is nice to hear from him is you talk about that he always had this desire going all the way back.
All this playing career really had a desire.
Like to wanted to get into coaching, Um, but there are a couple of facets to that right? You think about and this happened in Brooklyn with Jason Kidd goes right from playing with the New York Knicks to becoming a head coach for Brooklyn.
The trick there to me was, and Steve Nash mentioned, this is getting getting the identity away from being a player and transitioning into that coaching role and kind of being, you know, the perception of who you are around the league, allowing that to have time to change.
You couple that Additionally, with the idea of want to spend time with his family, right? He has a twin daughters who I think are teenagers.
He has another young daughter.
I think you may have five total five total Children.
So there's also the aspect of you have a long career like that.
You wanna be able to step away.
You want to give yourself some distance.
Ah, little bit of insight into the Golden State Warriors roll.
Listen a little bit revealing there, he said.
Once a month or so, I was a resource.
Get together, work with the players, maybe see some things that I've been watching as I've been seeing them progress through their games during the season.
Now it has been validated through Kevin Durant that there was value there and having a former player who played at the highest level like Steve Nash was important.
So there's there's something to that there, but it's interesting to think about it in terms of he wasn't necessarily as immersed in it as we asleep.
I initially perceived when it was announced that he was gonna be the head coach and that he was doing player development over the Golden State Warriors seem more like a consultant role than a day to day on the job.
Role doesn't take away from it.
Either way, it doesn't change my perception of him per se, but you like having that feedback a little bit there in the background as well.
Beyond that, you can think about the laundry list of guys that that he played under from a head coaching perspective.
He ran through some of those, obviously just just valuable to see different systems, see different personalities and how those dynamics work, not just as a player looking up at a coach, but now in that coaching role he gets to try to take some of those tenants may be that he liked What did I really enjoy under D'Antoni? Hey, played under.
I believe gentry as well.
So you know What are some of these things that I really liked, how they did it, and how can I try to implement them for myself? Um, you know, there's a TV D on what type of system they're gonna run.
I didn't expect a lot from Nash in that regard.
So, you know, glossing past.
That kind of makes sense in a lot of ways.
You know, that Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the style that they like to play is going to be infused into what they look to do on the court on the night tonight night, tonight basis.
Excuse me? The other thing to touch back to this idea of starting the season sooner, Probably I I think the on the job learning that Steve Nash is gonna have to do that's going to Onley occur once the season is going.
Once you have the games and all those things air taking place, that's how you're going to get into that.
The problem here for me is, though, or a potential issue is that this could be a very fluid off season and making changes, making transition, something that Matt and I talked about this morning was you know, Can you turn over the roster? If you want Thio, can you make the trade If you were thinking about it, or will you be more likely to stand pat and wait one year? Or at least wait until the trade deadline to think about moving any pieces or components? Because you now know you're dealing with this truncated opportunity? And how much are you willing to sacrifice in season to build up chemistry with new players and to figure out how pieces fit the benefit for Brooklyn? Let's say, unlike the Western Conference, you can bring in those guys and you can sacrifice 15 20 games in the season.
I mean, listen, you know, if the goal is to be a top two seed in the East, then you got to hit the ground running.
If the goal is to be in the playoffs and get an opportunity to take on some guys and make some noise, then I think it looks a little bit different.
Then you can say, Yeah, being the four seed, that's okay.
Being the five seed.
Maybe that doesn't matter, you know, depending on what these matchups look like, and again a Z Welcome in Hook.
Um, Luka's. Well, thank you for joining the broadcast.
You know, the ultimate goal of a championship.
I don't think that you're ever gonna put someone on paper in front of the net specifically in front of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and say, Do you guys think that you can take them on? Of course we can.
Of course, you think we can beat them? So you know there are going to be better and worse matchups for them.
But I don't think that that's gonna play into the psyche of this team so they can approach this a little bit looser than maybe you would want to if you're a team that has championship aspirations and you're making a switch on the fly.
If you were in the Western Conference, every one of those teams talk about poor Zynga's need to get surgery for the Mavericks.
You talk about a new coach of the pelicans young team, but understanding that they they want to make some noise. There was Iona's.
Well, you talk about the Clippers and a new head coach and Lou Williams, though he was there and then are you blowing up this roster developing that chemistry, All those things can play big factors.
I I think that if you're in the West, it's a little bit more of a delicate operation to pull that off.
Whereas in Brooklyn, in the East you feel pretty comfortable.
You can sort these things out as you walk through it and still give yourself an opportunity to feel comfortable knowing we're going to be in the playoffs.
We're not gonna fall below, whatever that line.
Maybe Orlando Magic.
Brooklyn was in that seventh seed here this past season into the bubble.
So you know, they feel like if our baseline is seven seed without our superstars, we can probably sleepwalk into a five seed, the four seed, and then you start to get into the real competitive nature of it and how the season unfolds.
There will also be early season, by the way, outside of this town hall meeting, there is also going to be some level for the Brooklyn Nets off Kevin Durant getting back into game shape, you know, being delicate with him.
You do have Kyrie coming off an injury, so there's gonna be some balance there as well as far as regardless of when the season starts, just giving them intermittent rest.
Making sure that again the ultimate goal is here is to hit the playoffs full steam ahead.
So I think you'll see some of that go on throughout the season.
Ah, couple other notes.
I just want to run through if we can.
As they continue to work through it, we'll see if there's any additional, you know, solid information coming out of this conversation, and then you can go over and check in with Doug and I again.
This episode will hopefully dropped relatively quickly this afternoon as we wanted.
Thio immediately jump on on this and then also discussed some of the breaking news that we have around the podcast, which we teased on our last episode as well.
Um, the couple of things I'm gonna ask Doug about the comment and this could be incidental or not.
We'll focus first, actually briefly here on Kevin Durant.
Kyrie Irving K D.
Adam Harrington, who was an assistant coach now on the Brooklyn Nets, spent time in Golden State with Kevin Durant as well that foster that relationship there that could even go back, Prior said the 2013.
So even prior to Golden State, UH, that helped foster the relationship between Steve Nash and Kevin Durant says that he likes his personality has like getting toe work with him and talk basketball in some of the areas that he thinks he can improve in.
So a nice balance of fostering that relationship both on and off the court.
He also was really complimentary around Kyrie Irving, not even just about his basketball, which everybody knows is fantastic.
But the work he's done off the court, donating money to the W N B A players that weren't able to partake in the bubble to help relieve them in terms of finances on then just around the community, etcetera.
So I think that, as we expect had new head coach in Brooklyn is going to run through the filter of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and your understanding where Steve Nash is coming from in terms of his opinion and perspective on those two players and liking them is people that is a part of this, and he really Steve Nash spoke to it.
When you talk about development and the ****ytics and and how that's going to be looked at.
I think he understands I need to be a player first kind of head coach and then I get to hopefully, through my experience through the respect of the players were going to give me having knowing where I came from in the n b A.
And then because I have the ability to balance personalities, you're going to see these drops of little things that you may be.
Kanak sent the game with little execution ally ideas that might help elevate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and the others.
Quote unquote a shock likes to say So.
You know, I think you're you're getting Steve Nash coming into this with very open eyes around.
Coaching is gonna take me time, the extras and knows we're going to develop.
I'm really excited that I have VON on this staff to lean on, and then the personal relationships are as big a part of anything as to why I'm here, and it's my personality is gonna help manage this roster going forward.
One of the things I want to ask Doug and that's what we were about to touch on here was at one point they asked him just about other other players, you know, watching tape, etcetera.
He said he enjoyed what he saw in the bubble.
Like the continuity like the connectivity.
They're in the bubble with this team in spite about having players.
And then he mentioned bringing in there.
He said, Now you're gonna bring in five new guys now if you if you break it down, you're thinking you could say Kevin Durant, Kyrie, Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre, Jordan.
Even a Taurean Prince U S.
So you have guys.
Those could be the five you're talking about.
Not necessarily labeling, maybe another mystery piece coming into this roster.
But when asked about some of the younger players specifically asked about Caris, Levert and Jared Allen something I'm gonna pick Dog's brain on his, he said.
You know, Young, these are guys that are really developing at an accelerated rate.
My curiosity is you are talking about Caris Levert, a 26.
I know he looks fantastic in the bubble, but it's a difference between being 21 22.
Jared Allen developing an accelerated you know, accelerated rate versus Caris.
Levert, 20 six, doesn't mean that a ceiling isn't still yet to be discovered, But you're not talking about a young player developing.
So still, this little, this little murky area to me about if the right opportunity presents itself, I think the Caris Levert becomes the key component of any trade that you could see the next make potentially to bring in another player.
I know the speculation involved around Spencer dignity as well, but in terms off valued commodity around the league, it's going to be Caris Levert.
Jared Allen made out to be a part of that as well.
But it's interesting.
I wanna pick dog's brain about that when we get on there as well.
Um, some of the other things that I just want to walk through here quickly as we work our way through and before I get on with Doug to record the fresh episode.
Um, you know, we mentioned in terms of the difficulties trying to figure this out is welcome in Boston Bell to the to the broadcast.
Thank you for checking in with us.
You talk about, you know, co vid trying to get to know players trying to communicate, trying to get some your baseline principles into place.
It's been difficult.
And that again when you talk about the truncated time off your potentially for the MBA, if they choose to come back at the end of December, now you're saying you know how long has Steve Nash had to communicate and get in touch with players and try to institute some other system? So again, coming into the season, thankfully being in Eastern Conference? But I would anticipate there being an interesting timeline there over those 1st 20 games, talent alone may be able to carry the day in mortgage aims than not, but just in terms of X's and O's and how this roster develops and what we anticipate them to be in the big picture, that may not be something that we're going to really learn about until game 30 Game 40.
You know, midway through the season and heading down that those last 25 games, we're gonna probably 20 to 25 games next season are gonna be as telling as anything for Brooklyn, because that's when you're going to start to really try toe, find all those pieces clicking into place, and the one thing you don't want to see happen, which we saw for the Clippers, where it was this hodgepodge they were doing, you know, load management for Kyrie, Irving for Paul, George Kyrie, Irving.
Excuse me for Kuai Leonard and Paul George, obviously dealing with some injuries there as well.
But you saw the lack of continuity.
You saw the lack of cohesion.
And that's when the other things that Steve Nash mentioned in this, you know what he likes about asked the broad spectrum of teammates and teams that you've been on in spite about winning a championship, he said.
Obviously, the cohesion liking one another that you know, the bond of personalities.
That does go a long way, even if you're dealing with some tough times when you're losing some games, enjoying your teammates, feeling like you are all on the same page and get along with one another obviously mitigates some of the lows over the course of what could be an 82 72 game season.
We'll see what the MBA chooses to do this particular year, but that, But that balance, that balance of team and individual goals is something that Steve Nash spoke to a swell and just understanding yes, on a game to game basis, you're gonna have an opportunity.
And also in the big picture season scheme, the playoffs scheme, the championship caliber scheme.
You have to find a way to bring everyone along at the same time.
And that's going to fall to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a lot of ways to make sure as they use, whether it's in the NFL or NBA, like you gotta make sure everyone's eaten.
Everybody's got to get there is, you know, Caris Levert.
If he's going to be on this roster through this season and into that playoff run, he's got to be a guy that's operating at the highest level of confidence.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving could turn that thing on any time they need Thio and maybe Caris.
Levert's gonna have that piece Spencer dim, but he's a guy that already seems like he can do that toe what to varying degrees, he says, certainly, But he comes out, he's ready to go.
Caris Levert looks like he needs to build himself into the confidence in the river you to accentuate that get him more and more comfortable in that role.
Potentially during the year, is Justus, important as Kyrie Irving getting you know, Ah, shooting title or Kevin Durant getting a shooting title? Whatever the case may be.
So keeping an eye on that is going to be interesting as well.
On the other note, taking a look here just to see if there's anything else before we get out the door here just ahead of the one o'clock hour.
Where again, Doug and I'll get on for W g N will go over this conversation.
I'll throw some questions at him, and we can then kind of have that back and forth of ideas, which is really that's what we need, right? Not just me talking.
Talking to the people.
Um, the only other thing that I really thought that was interesting here to, um is the ****ytics piece, and I'll probably bring that in Azaz.
Well, when I talk to Doug, um, you know, obviously all sports have shifted to ****ytics in some form or fashion, and they were speaking Thio the difference from his playing days for Steve Nash versus now ****ytics.
Yes, they do play a bigger role.
That's just a reality of it.
Um, but we know that Kevin Durant doesn't really care about ****ytics.
You know, he he is an old school kind of guy.
Wants to operate on fields.
So again, Ah, key component for Steve Nash is.
How do you blend those two things? How do you combine what you like and understand The natural gifts are of these superstars and then situational basketball? What's gonna make the most sense for you now? I will say it's going to be easier to blend those things, knowing that ****ytics tell you, shoot more threes because they're worth more points.
And that's your better percentage chance to win games, even on a lower success rate of making threes over, say, mid range twos.
But as we saw in the 20 games sample size from Kyrie, he likes to shoot that midrange jumper, as does Kevin Durant.
He likes that little inside the Arcas well, so that's going to naturally gravitate you away from ****ytics at times.
And that's gonna make it easier, I think, for Steve Nash, who may say, Listen, you gotta have that balance of ****ytics.
You also have to understand situational basketball on the talent that you have on the court, and it's going to be easy to allow the natural game of Kyrie and Katie to take over for the most part, and then again drips and drabs.
Little situational basketball ****ytics tell us, X y Z and also packaging that and putting it in a message to these guys in a way that doesn't come across as ****ytics say, we need to do this so much as it is.
Let's get this ball in here. Top of the key.
Let's have Joe Harris assuming he's brought back on the contract.
Hopefully, we hear about that sooner than later.
This off season rolls on, you know, let's work those looks and then, hey, if you got that open look for Joe in the corner, we know he's a sharpshooter.
Go ahead and use them.
That's the combination of saying yes, natural basketball instincts and also the ****ytics tell us we want to try to get those corner.
You know, those those three pointers at the top of the key highest percentage corners lesser.
So wherever Joe's hot spots are going to be right, so you can you can blend those philosophies without pushing at Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving and saying the numbers tell us we need to do this as opposed.
Let's let this unfold and you go ahead.
Let your natural basketball a***en tell you where you should go with the basketball, and more often than not, you're going to see that cross section off ****ytics and a***en, instincts and ****ysis.
All those things merging together.
So as the town hall checks off there at the top of the hour here will bid you a fond farewell right here on SportsCastr, where we remind you check in with us.
I know we have been away, but as we move into this offseason, as we now kind of maybe have this new timeline, I will be coming in, possibly bringing in Matt Brooks on occasion.
Let's start to dive in on those draft picks, so expect to see me here once or twice a week, going forward over the next couple of months, ****yzing some of the options for the Nets.
We'll get into some trade talks to, but as we know, it's a lot of speculation.
So let's start with what we know for sure.
Currently, we have that 19th pick there in the first round.
We also have the 55th pick their following it up there.
So where can the Nets look? How can they supplement with roster currently looks like.
And then, as new information comes to light, we'll break it down.
We'll digest it all and we'll do it right here for you on SportsCastr.
And, of course, over on the pod.
Doug and I hop on together here momentarily to record keep your eyes and ears open for an episode, discussing Steve Nash, discussing the future of the Brooklyn Nets and discussing the future of Doug Nori and Adam Arm wrecked and the Nets.
Podcasting landscape Thank you so much as always, for checking in with us an extra shout out to bleed, Red Hook, um, Luke and Boston Bell for coming in on the livestream, Many thanks to all of you and we will catch up with you soon.