Dirk Nowitzki predicts how Steve Nash will do as Nets head coach
The Nets shocked the entire NBA world when they hired Nash, who doesn’t have any coaching experience. Brooklyn stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, though, have a good relationship with Nash, so that played a part in the Nets’ hiring of Nash.
Nowitzki, who was teammates with Nash in Dallas, knows that the two-time MVP has the leadership skills to flourish with the Nets.
“That’s going to be a lot of fun (for Steve Nash) and it’s a lot of challenges, but I think he’s up for it,” Dirk Nowitzki said, via Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News.
“To me he was always a natural leader, with his positive attitude. He was always the first one to slap people on the butts when things weren’t working. To me, he was one of the most positive teammates I’ve ever been around. I think he’s going to be great. He’ll learn more about the timeout situations, play-calling and stuff like that, but he already has what it takes to be a natural leader to me.”
Nash is one of the best point guards in NBA history and a Hall of Famer. While he will surely have some bumps in the road with the Nets since all rookie coaches struggle at times, the Nets are already being deemed title contenders due to the talent on the roster.
Durant is a two-time Finals MVP and one of the greatest scorers in NBA history. Irving, meanwhile, is one of the top point guards in the league and can learn a lot about the game from Nash with the Nets.
While Nowitzki will always be rooting for the Mavs to win the championship, the 2011 Finals MVP will certainly be watching the Nets from afar since his close friend is leading the charge.