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Blazers’ Damian Lillard shoots down talks of Steve Nash getting hired by Nets due to white privilege

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Portland Trail Blazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard disagrees with the narrative that Steve Nash got hired by the Brooklyn Nets due to white privilege.

Lillard emphasized that Nash is a two-time MVP and has a strong relationship with stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, making the hire a perfect fit for Brooklyn.

Since Steve Nash has no coaching experience on his belt, there were some around the NBA — most notably ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith — who called the Nets’ hire of Nash a prime example of white privilege.

There are a few African American assistant coaches whom the Nets could have hired over Nash.

However, as Damian Lillard shared, Nash has a rapport with Durant, Irving and Nets general manager Sean Marks. Although Lillard wants to see more African Americans get jobs in the NBA, he’s not going to bash the Nets for hiring Nash since the Hall of Famer is one of the best basketball players in league history.

With Durant, Irving and Nash leading the way next season, the Nets are expected to compete for a title. Durant missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear, so the two-time Finals MVP will certainly be motivated to get back on top of the basketball world in 2020-21.

Irving, meanwhile, played in 20 games in his first season with the Nets before a shoulder injury forced him to go under the knife. Brooklyn fans can’t wait to see Durant and Irving share the floor as teammates with Nash coaching from the sideline.