It was just almost a month ago when it was announced that Steve Nash would be the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, who will enter the next season with high expectations with the impending return of All Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving from injuries. But while Nash will be regarded as the captain of the ship with the Nets next season, Irving sees the dynamic between coaches and players as more flexible and collaborative. 

Addressing the team’s coaching situation, Irving said, according to Alec Sturm of Nets Republic, that he doesn’t really see the team as having any head coach. 

“I don't really see us having a “head” coach. KD could be a head coach, I could be a head coach (some days).” 

Durant, meanwhile, adds that an assistant on Nash’s coaching staff, Jacque Vaughn, could also be the team’s head coach on some days, as he always saw it as more of a collaborative effort. The 45-year old Vaughn previously coached the Orlando Magic from 2012-2015 and was also an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs. 

Steve Nash, who was previously a consultant with the Golden State Warriors before taking on the Brooklyn head coaching job, also stressed the importance of building a collaborative environment with the Nets, which was why he wanted to have an experienced coaching staff. 

Aside from having their turns as the team’s head coaches, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will also have the chance to be on the court together for the first time since joining the Nets last year. Durant spent this season recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, while Irving’s first season with the Nets was cut short after undergoing going surgery for a shoulder injury back in February.