all right, Good afternoon.
Hope everybody's doing well on this.
Well, I guess you could be watching this all over the world on my end of the world.
It's a rather gloomy Wednesday, so because of that will be spending all day inside watching Steve Nash pressers.
If you don't already know, I am a reporter who covers the Brooklyn Nets.
Yes, I do a lot of stuff on this website, but that is kind of what got me into sports.
Is being a reporter for a Nets daily fitting enough? My boss actually asked the question That is the title of this year video, which is the that getting the coaching job due to white privilege.
And I thought that let me I'll get more into, like the presser itself.
But I wanted to address this right away.
I mean, first off, I thought it was great that this question came up because there's been a lot of discussion about that over this last week, a really weak and a half, and I think it's a really good discussion toe have, as we go forward, just to be just to be wary and monitoring of every single aspect of our lives that we may or may not be indirectly disposed to some form of, you know, ah, white privilege, that stuff.
So I and I thought that Nash is answer.
It's There's really anything you're gonna take away from this presser.
This was the one where it was like, Wow, this is a really mature guy who A is just coming in really polished, answering this question and just giving a really good answer about being like, Hey, I'm from a community and like, there's probably a lot of things that I'm not even aware of, And I just think that's such a smart way to put that is, is just is you have to mention, because I think people think of like, white privileges.
I don't know, whatever.
Ah, you no way you could make it for the thing of, like police violence or something like that.
Like you could look at the numbers and see percentage wise that black men in America are far more likely to get taught, you know, targeted by the police.
That's a little bit more of an over example of of white privilege.
Um, Nash, I think, did a great job here talking about the covert version of white privilege, which is just all the things that you can't really necessarily quantify.
I know people certainly have right now, Um, but it's the thing like, you know, there, you know, I don't know if it's happening in the league.
I think probably a lot of guys were trying to figure this out Owners and front offices as well.
But, you know, trying to figure out Hey, like, are we giving guys a shorter leash because of, you know, because of the color of their skin? Are you know, are we hiring certain guys with biases that may or may not be related to race? And I think some people that rubs in the wrong way because they want to keep politics out of sports, which, you know, I don't understand that.
I think it's just sports have been political since, like the 19 sixties on bond, and that's just the weight sports are.
But, you know, I I I don't know.
I think it's really good that that these discussions are becoming prevalent, and I was impressed with him for answering this.
That's all I got in the political tip.
Let's talk a little bit more about the pressure itself.
Some interesting stuff.
I'm gonna keep it positive because I have some weariness about the higher that I've expressed in certain locations.
I haven't really sat down and been super concrete with it.
So what sort of the good thing? A.
They've done a good job in retaining Jacque Vaughn, who I thought did a really nice job in the bubble.
He's got his warts as a coach, but most guys really do.
And I thought that the things that he does well, which are adjust on the fly and running offense that you know honestly, like if you watch the Nets, which I don't know why, you would have.
But if you're like me, you're watching the Nets day in and day out.
Um, they ran an offense that made a lot of sense for the talents of somebody like, I don't know, a Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant.
A lot of stuff from the mid range they were you know, of course, using some pick and roll, which I think makes sense for Kyrie and Katie.
You're gonna want to play those two guys together as much as possible, but they were doing other things.
They're running guys off screens.
They're playing, you know, little bit of horns which I think would make sense with, um you know, Kevin Durant, it one elbow and DeAndre Jordan that the other he was really putting together, like unaudited in tape.
Almost for those guys.
I feel like that's really how he treated the bubble and retaining him, I think is gonna be super super crucial.
Why was that could be crucial? Well, Steve Nash told you himself, and it was probably the best think of this entire presser.
One of the questions and I owe it was from Ah, Howard Beck, who's amazing.
And it is alleged in this industry he asked a little bit about Did Nash feel like he skip some steps? He kind of jumped to the front of the line in terms of the other coaches that we're looking at this.
I mean, look at some of these guys that were that they were thinking about Tyronn Lue.
I will Gregg Popovich, but I think that a little bit of a long shot, a bunch of guys basically that have been doing it for a while, including Jack Bond, guys that have been around the league, guys that have been assistance, guys that have been head coaches.
He was able to jump to the front of the line, and I thought his response.
Not only did he acknowledge that, which again, impressive stuff from him to do that Um, he also made a note of like, I can't do this by myself and that's really, really crucial for this team and this rookie head coach who's basically being asked to lead a title team pretty much out of the gates.
I sort of gravitate toward more.
They have, like a two year window, maybe a one year window, and I think it's important for him to realize that he's got a implement, a really, really good staff that's able to fill the gaps where he's honestly just not well versed.
So let's get into that.
I've said all the positive things again.
He's a really, really well spoken guy, I think a really inquisitive mind, which is really, really good.
Um, he also was never coached.
Let's just get that out of the way and Steve Nash's alleged he sees the floor amazing.
That's all wonderful um, he's never coached and he's never done anything close to it.
And, you know, just because you understand the game, maybe up here, I don't know if that translates into, you know, leadership from a coaching perspective.
I would assume it.
It does for him, but it is at least work asking the question a little bit.
But I'm not even so much worried about the leadership thing, cause I actually think that will be one of his big, strong shoot suits. It's Thea.
It's a it's the other things.
It's like the nuance of coaching the some of the stuff that you don't necessarily think about as being difficult.
But it's probably really the hardest part of the job, knowing when to call time outs, knowing which guys play together well, knowing when you should do your substitution patterns for your best players.
Now you have this whole thing of coaching challenges and you have to figure out how to use those and when to use those a lot of really difficult things that Brooklyn previously saw guy not do very well in Jason Kidd.
I mean, you have the famous video that you can still see of him trying to knock over the water to kind of give himself an extra time out.
He had situations where he ran plays for I can remember this was in Brooklyn or Milwaukee, but he ran a play for a two point shot when they needed a three pointer.
I mean, there's just little things that like, Yeah, Jason Kidd's a really smart mind, but it didn't necessarily translate, and I hate to say it.
I saw some people shutting this argument down that Nash can't be compared to Jason Kidd because Jason Kidd was.
You know, he had an ego and all this stuff, and I'm like, Yeah, but you kind of can't like I don't actually know if we can even compare like if there's a comparison point that the I guess the best possible situation for this is Steve Kerr.
Steve Kerr had experience as a GM, and he had experience as a play by play guy where he's calling out the place and he's watching adjustments every single day.
Um, he's in it like he's commenting on the coaching of guys that are, you know, coaching other teams.
That's what Steve Steve Kerr was doing.
Jason Kidd retired and then instantly became a player.
If I'm just looking at who's the better comparison point in terms of experience, I'm not talking about his people because I think Steve stevia Steve Nash trends a lot closer to Steve Kerr.
But in terms of experience, you're looking at a guy in Steve Nash that probably trends a little bit closer to Jason Kit.
That's not necessarily a bad thing.
There's a million things that went wrong with Jason Kidd.
And again, I'm not sure if you're gonna have to run into those problems, but it's something to be wary of.
I would not be doing my job if I didn't acknowledge that This is a huge risk for Brooklyn.
It really is there already, a team that's in a lot of ways, super boom or bust.
I mean, yeah, they didn't trade a bunch of picks long term, like some of these other contenders like the Lakers at the Clippers.
But they've mortgaged a lot in terms of the culture that they were building in the young talent that they were growing and they really went all in on this specific it oration of Nets basketball with Kyrie and Katie.
That's pretty boomer bust.
You could say, Well, they're floor is gonna be great And because of that, it's not really that much of a boomer bus.
I think it is because there's a lot of ways that this could go wrong.
You could have guys have some discontent with one another.
You could have injuries, which I think are absolutely a concern.
So adding a rookie coach into this mix, I I think it's daring.
I really dio and I would be interested to see what happens long term with it.
Um, you know, and I think inherently, I'm probably a little more positive about the hiring just because it's Steve Nash and he just he knows the game of basketball so well.
But I also have to acknowledge that there is another side of this and I think it's smart to try toe to be a little bipartisan about some of this and try to meet in the middle.
With that, Um, it's also smart toe, have these debates and really digest something and not just take things at surface value because there are again.
There's many ways to describe this and the beauty of Steve Nash is that he's never coached before.
He's never done it.
So I can't really give you a concrete perspective one way or another.
Which is why I think it's important that we discussed both.
So that's kind of what I got on this, the presser itself.
I mean, look, pressers are you don't get too much.
I mean, in terms of X is a nose.
He said he would try to reference some of his former coaches.
Most guys are gonna do that, you know, half the league plays like Mike Budenholzer and Gregg Popovich because I have coach under him.
So, you know, um, I didn't get too much out of it in terms of schematics.
That's the stuff that interests me.
That's what I'm doing.
When I'm not here on the good website of SportsCastr, I'm breaking down play by play stuff.
I'm looking at whatever offenses.
Defense is kind of the stuff that I gravitate toward.
We didn't get too much from that, which is not surprising considering we have, I don't know, five months until we really see this season.
But overall a good presser.
He's a great speaker.
Um and you know, I think there's some there, some positives, I really do.
I think the next steps for them is going to be insulating Steve Nash with as much coaching talent as possible.
You know, maybe bring in the defensive specialist.
See if you can almost build a super Stina like a super team in the coaching staff.
I think that's probably the way to do this.
The thing I got to give him kudos on again is that he's willing to learn he's willing to grow.
And that stuff is that you can't teach that.
You really can't. You can't teach.
Ah, humble personality.
So, yeah, I'll close it out on that.
Can't teach personality.
You can teach X's and O's, though, and we'll see where this goes.
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I'm bringing on a Clippers reporter, Lucas, on who owns the website to 13 hoops, bringing him on a taco of the Clippers, which are speaking of boomer bust in high variance.
Ah, very high variance basketball team that may or may not win the finals this year or losing and I don't know, You know, five disappointing games. The Lakers.
I cannot figure them out.
I'm having him on to explain that team to me and try to ease my stress.
Because that is, after all, my pre season title pick as well as pre bubble pick those l A Clippers.
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