Steve Nash is the second Canadian to be named head coach of an NBA team
Former basketball player and Canadian Steve Nash has landed himself a pretty big gig.
On Wednesday, it was officially announced that Nash will be taking on the role of head coach for the Brooklyn Nets.
OFFICIAL: The Brooklyn Nets have named Steve Nash as the 23rd head coach in the franchise’s NBA history. pic.twitter.com/SG8OoN3a8g— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 3, 2020
Before this new job, Nash was a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors and was also a two-time MVP himself when he played for the Phoenix Suns from 1996 to 1998. The Hall of Famer played a total of 18 seasons in the NBA.
Coach Nash has a good ring to it!— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) September 3, 2020
Congrats @SteveNash! pic.twitter.com/TjpUGreBE8
Now, he joins former Toronto Raptors' head coach Jay Triano as the only two Canadians to ever hold the title of head coach in the NBA.
"Coaching is something I knew I wanted to pursue when the time was right, and I am humbled to be able to work with the outstanding group of players and staff we have here in Brooklyn," Nash said in a statement.
"I am as excited about the prospects of the team on the court as I am about moving to Brooklyn with my family and becoming impactful members of this community."
Canadian basketball lovers have taken to social media to show their support for Nash.
Love @SteveNash .... It's a dilemma because we want Canadians to coach winning teams and he will have his hands full to transform those @BrooklynNets into winners. Especially when they come to Canada and get their annual beating by the @Raptors. Oh well.....— Ed Johnson (@eaje) September 3, 2020
"Oh Canada! Congrats @SteveNash - can’t wait to see you court side!!" another fan tweeted.
Wow congrats @SteveNash. Kid Canada! https://t.co/b5FChuD2dg— Dude Where's Makar (@joelthesakic) September 3, 2020
"In Steve we see a leader, communicator and mentor who will garner the respect of our players. I have had the privilege to know Steve for many years," added General Manager Sean Marks.
"One of the great on-court leaders in our game, I have witnessed firsthand his basketball acumen and selfless approach to prioritize team success."
Nash grew up in Victoria, B.C., and was a member of Team Canada from 1993-2004. He is the 23rd head coach in the franchise's NBA history.
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