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.
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.
"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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