Dwyane Wade reacts to Amar’e Stoudemire joining Steve Nash’s Nets staff
After reports came out that Stoudemire has agreed to serve as an assistant coach with the Nets and join his former teammate Steve Nash on the sidelines, Wade immediately sent his congratulations. He posted an Instagram story and tagged Stoudemire.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium broke the news on Friday that Stoudemire will reunite with Nash on the Nets. Other details of the reported deal have yet to be disclosed.
The revamped Nets hired Nash to be the coach early last month. It caused a bit of a stir, as some observers criticized the hire because the former two-time NBA MVP had no prior coaching experience.
With all things considered, Nash having his good old pick-and-roll buddy by his side will surely help.
Dwyane Wade seems to be excited by the reunion of the superstar tandem, too. He sure knows Amar’e Stoudemire well since they played together with the Miami Heat in the 2015-2016 season. It was Stoudemire’s final season in the NBA, averaging 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 52 games.
Wade and Stoudemire were also part of Team USA from 2010 to 2012.
Stoudemire played 14 seasons in the NBA. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2003, voted into the All-NBA First Team in 2007, and played in six All-Star games.
Now 37 years old, Stoudemire will have his hands full trying to help Steve Nash whip up the Nets into title contenders. Fortunately for them, they are not lacking in talent with the expected return of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. They also have Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Caris Levert, Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan at their disposal.