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And while it has been a couple of days here, we let the dust settle, obviously got together with Doug Nori and recorded for the podcast emergency recording to talk about the hiring of Steve Nash for the Brooklyn Nets as their next head coach.
Four year deal struck between Sean Marks and his one time teammate in Phoenix there and Steve Nash.
So we want to just come in here and have the conversation briefly because we don't know what this is going to look like in the big picture.
How it's going to impact the roster will be any small moves made here in the off season.
Does Steve Nash as the head coach, have any bearing on those decisions that the organization is going to make? But as I said on the podcast with Doug and really was on, that was also on here.
Excuse me with Matt Brooks and keep McPherson talking about it.
You know, having a player coach made a lot of sense.
Tyler was thrown out there, former player in Mark Jackson's name also came to the surface at one point, along with the once legendary head coach, long time now broadcaster and Jeff Van Gundy.
I think the reality is here from a Brooklyn Nets standpoint, it makes a lot of sense obvious on a couple of levels, right? Steve Nash, at least, has ties to Sean Marks from his playing days.
He also has familiarity at the N B A, if not coaching level in player development, going over to his time with the Golden State Warriors.
You can think about the pedigree that that brings along being in that organization where they won championships, obviously being connected there with Steve Kerr and understanding and learning a little bit about the coaching side of things.
It came out, obviously, that Steve Nash, it said he's been considering this.
Wanted to just find the right spot an opportunity, and I think really a combination here.
Off right spot, an opportunity.
Well, nothing better than having Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant's on a roster.
If you're going to take over arguably well, what might be the one of the most if not the most desirable head coaching positions in the current nb a landscape you also supplemented with having an understanding and familiarity with Sean Marks.
You can feel like you're on the same page here.
One of the immediate things that jumped out to me as well.
I should say, Really, as I thought it over a little bit, something jumped out to me was, go back and think about what Kevin Durant has said and you have the layer where he's worked with Steve Nash there in Golden State.
And the first thing this is a guy that I respect, that when we're on the court working together.
He's not just talking about how I make areas of my game better in terms of my existing skill set.
He's also trying to indicate and teach and point out things that I can add to my game to improve my game.
And, you know, listen, coming off of injury, obviously, we know Kevin Durant is gonna need a little bit of time to get back into full MBA shape.
But the idea is that this guy can ADM or two has already top three player in the N B A game and his repertoire.
I'm all the more for it.
The other factor, though, that I really thought about was Go back and remember that Kevin Durant is not an ****ytics guy, right? He doesn't care about the ****ytics.
He wants to be a guy that operates on feel right that goes out works.
His game would be shocked if that's how Kyrie Irving also feels about it.
And in Steve Nash, I think what you're also going to get this could be true of other player coaches.
But what you're definitely, I think, going to get from Steve Nash, a guy who has played at the highest level in the n d A.
She's out there on the court operating by feel right.
She's not going to be predicated on the well.
Percentages say that if we do X Y Z, it's gonna increase.
The likelihood doesn't mean that that's that's not happening in the background.
Of course not, But it does mean that from a relationship building standpoint, you're far more likely to be on the same page with a Kevin Durant with a Kyrie Irving, where when it comes to those timeouts, it's not gonna be about again.
Here's the play we're designing.
We want to get ourselves into rhythm.
We want to look to get a quality shot.
But it's going to be operating on feel and tempo from Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to say This is where we're hoping to go here.
This is what we seem.
Naturally, I feel like my instincts are telling me over the 1st 36 over the 1st 45 minutes that this is what we're seeing.
So in the last three and crunch time, this is the direction we should go.
**** the ****ytics.
Let's go with our gut here.
I think that you'll get some of that relationship as well.
Obviously, on the Kyrie Irving side of things, having a point guard talking to a point guard is always a benefit, right? I think that if you want a gleam, what can influence here and again Kyrie Irving or he has an incredible game? I don't You know, you don't anticipate someone saying, Boy, I tell you where you could really become better.
But with Kevin Durant now and then if you talk about the roster standing pat and you have Caris Levert a score, you have Spencer Dinwiddie who can score you got your sharpshooter in Joe Harris.
You're going tohave if you presume leave.
Even Jared Allen, even DeAndre Jordan.
Like even the bigs in these scenarios, you're talking about an opportunity to tell Kyrie Irving about success through facilitation first.
And that's obviously what drove Steve Nash for so much of his career as a point guard in the n. B A.
And I wouldn't be surprised, especially because of the other firepower, if not gonna be consistent.
But if you start to see this idea of maybe where Kyrie Irving is coming out and he's just helping, you know, he's just put, he's helping to get Katie into a spots.
He's giving those easy looks.
Teoh Start to Jared Allen to DeAndre Jordan, right? He's looking to find the spot up three point shooter and Joe Harris even more frequently than they normally might.
And it's not that that isn't already a well rounded area of his game.
But I just wonder in the cir***stance that we're talking about title aspirations.
If Steve Nash and maybe push that need a little bit for Kyrie.
We're all the sudden your number one priority is getting those beautiful looks because guess what? We know that you can turn on the offensive game, right? You know that if K D is off the court, you can start to surge on the offense event.
Right, And you can go that route.
But now, if you could be about getting everyone involved, right, making some of those role players really feel valued and elevate, by the way, go down to the bubble here.
Where you saw in the absence of so many players, right? No.
DeAndre Jordan know Spencer dimly. Obviously.
No Kyrie, obviously.
No, Cady, You still saw Caris.
Levert was able to step up and take over Danes for stretches.
You saw that Jared Allen was able to develop different areas of his game in the high pick and roll.
You saw that Joe Harris was able to not only still get his buckets from the perimeter, but also get downhill and drive the baseline.
Get to the hoop was with a certain level of success and confidence that we maybe didn't see from him as much in years prior.
So you know that these guys air capable unto themselves without you being on the floor.
Now you just think about how much is gonna open things up out there For all of these guys, Katie, just physically standing on the court and not shooting is going to impact.
Defense is it's going to pull out players from the paint.
It's gonna open up those backdoor cuddling.
So you know, the difference that we're going to see offensively was already naturally, goingto happen, regardless of who the head coach was.
But now, again with Steve Nash, I just think you're gonna take that amazing court vision that Kyrie Irving already has the incredible passing skill set that he naturally has, and maybe see this jump to that next level.
And I'll do it in real time here, as I just want to again briefly come in saying the praises say that, you know, on the front end I talked about Doug and I talked about not necessarily loving player.
Coach is what does it mean? How did the impact you really want? Real exited those guys.
And by the way, another footnote about Steve Nash is that she's considered to be one of the smartest basketball like kind of guys, right? So you also know that you're getting a guy that understands the X's and O's and again point guard position, right? You feel like that lends itself toe having a better understanding because you're predicated on facilitating the offense, getting want everyone to the right positions and making the right basketball play more often than not.
If I bring up Kyrie Irving's numbers here on, the reason why I want to get into it is I'll go as far as to say, and we'll flush this out in the off season as we head towards our predictions for the upcoming year ahead.
But if I go over here and I take a look and say I'm talking about a guy who right now let's get inside those averages right and see if we can take a look at where his career numbers have been from an average standpoint, assist numbers.
Here he goes to 2019 20 here with the Brooklyn Nets in a very small sample size just 20 games as we know 6.
5 sister assists per game for his career, 5.7.
So if if I'm looking at him right now, we go inside these last couple of years.
You can also take a look and say over the last Let's go 34 years, right, cause steadily actually, early in his career, you're talking about being in the 5665 weans.
They're a little bit through 15 16 and 17 but last season with the Boston Celtics nearly seven assists per game and again when you're gonna have K D next, you and some of these other players, my expectation would be if it wasn't already going that direction.
But I would not be shocked in the slightest if we all the sudden found ourselves.
With Kyrie Irving up near that 8 8.
5 assists per game number, I really think you're going to see a two to three assists per game shift here for Kyrie Irving.
And it's all predicated on the fact that he already has old the skill set and natural gift to do it.
And now with K D.
And then you throw in a Caris Levert, who can take on that scoring mantle as well.
Now, all the sudden, the options for Kyrie Irving to facilitate are going to be that much better.
He's played on a lot of quality teams.
There's no doubt in that you're going back to the Cleveland days and having LeBron James and having even Kevin Love as a spot of three point shooter at the time.
So it's not to say that he hasn't had other options to be a riel top level facilitator.
But I would just say at this stage of his career, right was trying to keep you healthy, worry a little bit less about, maybe drives to the basket.
This isn't a permanent statement about his game, but it's just saying you got other guys that can do the lifting for you.
And if we think that Caris Levert is elevating himself and becoming that quote third star right and over.
Some people said Steve Nash, is now the third star Spencer Dinwiddie, highlighting that on social media.
But if you think about the idea that Kyrie will be able to, but not required to do the offensive lifting, it really opens up the other areas of his game and I'll be looking for those numbers to be higher and higher this season and over the next couple of seasons under Steve Nash and I would think that we're gonna be talking about career numbers in terms of assist totals.
So you go back into those again last year with Boston.
9 assists per game is the highest of his career.
He's basically lived around 5.
5 would be the mean there for most of his seasons.
But when I take a look at that and I see the possibilities with these other pieces around him and combined with Steve Nash, head coach, that's the big one for May.
So gonna be very excited to see how this shakes out.
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Um, this wasn't out of the blue, higher right, Apparently, though, going back as far as May as a report, I believe, by Anthony Puccio there, who's a pretty solid Endia insider and Nets insider I should say that this was in the works.
So Sean marks again, playing close to the vest, keeping things under wraps and understanding that if there's a possibility and a move to get made, we're gonna do it in our time.
And we're gonna make those decisions when they're right for us.
And they don't No, you know, I know that some of the risk reward here has been talked about right? First year head coach.
The other piece of this that we didn't highlight here is you're keeping Jacque Vaughn.
You're making him the highest paid assistant coach in the N B.
So you're talking about having a safety valve.
You're talking about being able to go into the season understanding that if while you're trying to run the team, some things are are falling by the wayside.
Opportunity for timeouts.
Who's in? Who's in a little bit of foul trouble here, communicating extra pieces to supplemental players as you're driving the starting lineup, you're gonna have that nice safety net there.
Of Jacque Vaughn, who showcased obviously he was there in San Antonio.
Sean Marks had familiarity there he comes over.
You get the interim head coach opportunity, obviously, but doesn't seem all too surprising that he was able to go into the bubble and basically say, Hey, I don't have any pressure here because there is this expectation off Steve Nash coming in.
I can showcase what I think some of these players conduce you moving Alan Warren to the high post and passing out of that position, giving some other guys like TLC a real run.
And I can showcase what this offense can look like sometimes here in a way that we didn't see under Kenny Atkinson.
So he both helped to move the needle organizationally about where these other players can have success and then also offers you the stability of saying, Hey, if you have a question, if you have a curiosity, even though he didn't have great records, success in Orlando still has had coaching experience under his belt, obviously, and Woodley a great asset with Steve Nash.
The next thing that we're gonna have to watch for here, obviously is we'll get out here in a moment on a Sunday Liberty, we get hope you're enjoying your holiday.
Is that where some of the some of the staff is going to flesh out here.
We heard that Steve National reached out to Dirk Novinsky about taking a position on this staff so as they obviously have a relationship off and on the court from their playing days, Um, and Dirk said he's not yet ready to take on that type of rule.
Very recently retired just one season removed from the MBA.
So you expect that we will see Steve Nash gets, um, guys in here and a blend between current and then new hires to fill out the coaching staff.
If the Reach out to Dirk is any indication, I'll start to be curious about where they may go.
Players that have connections to Steve Nash that maybe our basketball guys, right that have been around, maybe have been on other rosters and slightly lower rules and a chance for them to go ahead and jump at the opportunity to get involved on.
Steve Nash is staff and helped take this team forward.
So listen surprising.
Does it feel does it feel like a great hire? The more and more that we think about it, yet it really does.
It's exciting, I think the impact that he's going toe having the relationships that he has with Katie and Kyrie were obviously paramount in this deal.
And now it's about how does he develop the relationship with the rest of the players on this roster? Because again, a player's guy, right, loved beloved around league, however you want to frame it and really, I think, is going to forge.
You want talk about even beyond the superstars.
The possible third start.
Caris Levert What about a Spencer Dinwiddie? If he's still here on this roster next year, you're also gonna maximize him its's.
You're probably going to see his assist numbers elevate in the second unit if that's where he gets his run.
So seeing how he can impact some of these guys, even working with the bigs like DeAndre Jordan or a youngster is developing in Jared Allen.
Facilitation from that high post is we're talking about real chance here for Steve Nash to put his fingerprints on this roster and on these players and the last pieces we know played under D'Antoni.
Very curious to see if we see the institution of that seven second offense, which is very much in the flow of the current MBA, right? Gonna have a lot of perimeter shooting.
Gonna have high paced up tempo basketball, you assume.
And how does that impact some of the ancillary pieces of this roster? And will you see some veteran minimum contracts come in to help fill it out? To make sure that behind all of the key players we talked about, you're gonna have the right collection of supporting cast to really help fill out this roster and drive you under Steve Nash for what we assume is going to be deep playoff run Eastern Conference finals, right? Hopefully finals appearances.
I mean, that's the expectation.
Here you have a four year contract.
You're going tohave another two years with Katie and Kyrie before their player options kick in.
So you know, a lot of things need to move here in the right direction, But step one is going to be obviously getting everyone back on the court getting them healthy and started to get a sense of where this team is headed under Steve Nash and will obviously start to get those reports out about Hey, what are we hearing from inside the training facility from the team from the players, the new look and the new direction, the new wrinkles that we're going to see.
Ah, from first time head coach Steve Nash.
You can head over and listen to the podcast episode, as I mentioned.
Get Doug Nori's take on all of this will be back in doing the podcast throughout the offseason, highlighting some of what we're seeing over the N B A playoffs, obviously.
But now, with this announcement, there could be coaching staff moves, maybe some of those speculations about player moves that could happen now under Nash.
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