But his tenure as a head coach for the Brooklyn Nets was far less special than his time as a player and Nash learned a very hard lesson: if you lose the faith and loyalty of your team, you lose everything.
Nash is now out of a job after parting ways with the Nets on Tuesday.
While the team and Nash said the decision was mutual, it’s become quite obvious that Nash was let go from the team because he was no longer in control.
Sean Marks says Steve Nash told him that the Nets players were no longer responding to him.
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In fact, General Manager Sean Marks said that Nash told him that the Nets players were “no longer responding to him.”
This isn’t a surprising bit of information considering the rumors we heard during the summer.
But it’s a troubling sign for the future of the team and it’s disappointing to see Nash, who has a lot of potential as a coach, end his stay with Brooklyn like this.
Severing Ties With Steve
Throughout the summer, there were numerous reports of Kevin Durant demanding a trade from the Nets, then telling the front office they needed to fire both Marks and Nash.
It was clear then that he didn’t want to work with Nash any longer.
As goes Durant, so goes the Nets.
It is now obvious that Nash entered this season without the loyalty of his team.
Durant had his problems with Nash, we know Kyrie Irving did too, and surely other players fell in line behind them.
Will they be able to come together around alleged new coach Ime Udoka?
Some people are starting to wonder if anyone can coach this team well.
With all the distinct personalities and egos, the Nets might be nearly impossible to manage.