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Should the Nets Keep Steve Nash as Head Coach?

Meta: Former pro basketball player Steve Nash is the current head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. While some have called for him to leave, others believe he is still the right fit for the team.

In his playing days, Steve Nash was one of the best NBA basketball players of all time, and he looks to emulate his successful career as a player in his new role in coaching. However, there seems to be friction between him and some of the Net's most valuable players, which has led to some asking the question, should the Nets keep Steve Nash as their head coach?

Where have things been going wrong recently?

In his second year of coaching, American sports reporter Shams Charania for The Athletic and Stadium covering the NBA broke a story about Kevin Durant's wish for the Nets owner to either trade him or fire Nash. The ALL-NBA star player has confirmed his trade request, stating that he does not have faith in the direction the team is heading. Initially, Kevin Durant was keen to work alongside Nash, based on his time as a player, but things rapidly went downhill between the pair.

Unibet, a top-rated NBA betting site in the US, is currently taking bets for this year’s NBA Coach of the Year, and at the time of writing, Steve Nash is nowhere near the favourite to win the award, so it should give you some idea as to how his coaching career is currently faring. The favourite to win the award right now is Ime Udoka (head coach for the Boston Celtics). He is currently priced at +800 to win (8/1 in fractional odds and 9.00 in decimal odds) the award. In comparison, there are 14 other NBA coaches all of whom are rated more likely to win the award before Steve Nash, who currently has +3000 odds of winning (30/1 or 31.00).

Who is Steve Nash?

Steve Nash is a former men's Canadian professional basketball player and current head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. He was born in Johannesburg but quickly moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, when he was just 18 months old. The former point guard was drafted into the NBA in 1996 by the Phoenix Suns, where he spent a great deal of his career. He was at the Suns from 1996 to 1998 and then again from 2004 to 2012. He spent from 1998 to 2004 at the Dallas Mavericks before finishing his playing career at the LA Lakers from 2012-2015. He has been the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets since 2020.

Throughout his glittering career, Nash won several major awards. He was the NBA’s most valuable player on two separate occasions (2005 and 2006), and he was an NBA All-Star on eight separate occasions. On a coaching level, he started out well, becoming Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in February 2021 – the first coach to win the award for the team since 2014, when former teammate Jason Kidd picked up the award. At the end of the same season, he ended up being voted in at sixth place as NBA Coach of the Year.

What's next for Steve Nash?

It looks as though all Steve Nash can do is concentrate on getting the team ready for the upcoming NBA 2022/23 season, which is scheduled to commence on October 18th. The media generates a lot of false information, so he and his team need to try and avoid reading what the tabloids are saying about them and concentrate on developing their team rather than worrying about negative outside influences. He will aim to improve his reputation as a coach both on and off the court, and he will look to take the Nets all the way to the top.

They are expected to play the 76ers at home on October 4th and then Miami Heat, also at home, on October 7th. They are then away to the Milwaukee Bucks on October 13th, and away again to the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 15th.