It is safe to say that Brooklyn Nets’ superstar Kevin Durant approves the hiring of Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash as the franchise’s next head coach.
Speaking with JJ Redick on The Old Man and the Three podcast, Durant said that he is “excited” about Nash’s hiring and believes former two-times NBA MVP will help him develop his game.
“I’m excited,” Durant told Redick. “His insight for the game, his communication—how he communicates the game of basketball is definitely going to help me as a player develop, and it’s going to help the rest of our team, and our relationship started from him player, me admiring him as a player.”
Durant and Nash had the opportunity to play against each other on numerous occasions, but have also collaborated together with Golden State Warriors. Nash had a consulting role with the Warriors when Durant joined the franchise and led it to an NBA Championship in 2017.
“Every time I’m in the gym with him, I was always like a sponge,” Durant added. “I’m looking forward to this man. I always feel like I’m a student of the game. Somebody who has experienced so much and played in different eras, I’m looking forward to him teaching me some more things about it as well.”
The 2020/21 season will be a fresh start for Kevin Durant, considering he hasn’t played a single game this season with the Nets due to an ACL injury. Having a coach he is comfortable and familiar with is definitely going to help him to make a better return and possibly increase his chances to lead the franchise to its first NBA title.