Nets’ Kyrie Irving: “I Don’t Really See Us Having a Head Coach”

Kyrie Irving during his time with the Celtics
Kyrie Irving during his time with the Celtics. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock

Brooklyn Nets’ hired Hall of Famer Steve Nash as their new head coach last month, but it appears that the two-times NBA MVP might have some trouble to exert his authority in the locker room. Especially since his two main players feel like they don’t have a head coach.

Kyrie Irving recently made an appearance on his teammate Kevin Durant’s The Etcs podcast, where the two All-Stars discussed the hiring of Nash.

“I don’t really see us having a head coach,” said Irving. “KD could be a head coach, I could be a head coach [some days].”

Durant followed up on Irving’s comment by saying that a number of people, including assistant Jacque Vaughn, could take on the role at some point.

“It’s a collaborative effort,” he added.

Despite not perceiving Steve Nash as an authoritative figure, the duo spoke candidly about the former Phoenix Suns guard.

“Steve is great, and I have a relationship with him that’s going to build over time, bro,” Irving added. “Steve don’t know me from anything he heard or he’s heard someone else. We’ve worked out one time in 2014, but it’s grown as just a respectful relationship from afar.”

Despite not having prior head coaching experience, Nash worked with several successful NBA organizations in various roles since retirement. The Nets now hope that he can use that experience and his leadership capabilities to bring success to a talented team that will most certainly have title aspirations next season.