The Brooklyn Nets have signed one of the greatest point guards in NBA history as their new head coach, inking Steve Nash to a four-year deal to take the reins of the team.
Nash, a two-time NBA MVP and eight-time All-Star during his 19-year career with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers, will take on his first coaching role at the age of 46 at a team that will be expecting big things in the upcoming seasons.
The Nets, who are expected to have both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in their starting lineup next season, made the playoffs as a seventh seed this year but bowed out after a first-round sweep at the hands of the Toronto Raptors.
Interim head coach Jacque Vaughn, who took over after former coach Kenny Atkison was dismissed midway through the season, will remain on the coaching staff as Nash’s top assistant.
Nash, 46, comes after holding consultant roles in the league after retiring following the 2014-15 season, primarily with the Golden State Warriors. There, he cultivated a close relationship with Kevin Durant, which is thought to be one of the reasons he was selected to take over in Brooklyn.
The new coach is expected to hold his first press conference as the team’s coach in the coming days.