NBA All Star, back to back MVP, and now head coach? Steve Nash's Brooklyn Nets debut will be as their new fearless leader. It also makes him the second Canadian in the whole NBA to hold the top coaching title.
The basketball team announced the shakeup in their leadership on September 3, just weeks after being kicked out of the playoffs by the Toronto Raptors.
In a press release Brooklyn's general manager Sean Marks praised Nash saying "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. One of the great on-court leaders in our game, I have witnessed firsthand his basketball acumen and selfless approach to prioritize team success," he continued. "His instincts for the game, combined with an inherent ability to communicate with and unite players towards a common goal, will prepare us to compete at the highest levels of the league."
The team also goes on to call Nash, who grew up in Victoria, B.C. "one of the most accomplished figures in Canadian basketball history."
OFFICIAL: The Brooklyn Nets have named Steve Nash as the 23rd head coach in the franchise’s NBA history. https://t.co/SG8OoN3a8g— Brooklyn Nets (@Brooklyn Nets)1599141176.0
He played on Team Canada as well as making the True North proud for 18 seasons in the NBA, although none of that time was spent with the Raptors.
Now he's adding another page to the basketball history books as the second Canuck ever to be a head coach in the league.
Before Nash, Jay Triano was the first and only Canadian leader in the league.
The Ontario born basketballer has coached for the Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, and also the Canadian National Team.
He's also been friends with Steve Nash for decades.
The two go back to when Triano was coaching at Simon Fraser University and tried to recruit to future all-star for his team but ultimately ended up encouraging him to go to school in the U.S.
They were both on Team Canada too, with Triano calling the plays from the sidelines and Nash out on the court for several years, including an Olympic appearance in Sydney in 2000.
Now the two share another connection, repping the Red & White as head coaches in the big leagues.