Mike D’Antoni is heading to the Brooklyn Nets to reunite with new head coach Steve Nash, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. D’Antoni and Ime Udoka are both finalizing deals to become assistant coaches under Nash.
This move comes not long after Amar’e Stoudemire joined Nash’s staff in Brooklyn. Jacque Vaughn is the lead assistant on Nash’s staff. Vaughn was the interim coach this past season after taking over for Kenny Atkinson.
With Nash, D’Antoni and Stoudemire on the same coaching staff, the Phoenix Suns’ Seven Seconds or Less crew is getting back together to coach up Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and company. Nash became a two-time MVP with the Suns under D’Antoni’s tutelage in the mid-2000s, while Stoudemire was a crucial part of the team.
Those Suns teams never won a championship or even made it to the NBA Finals, but they were a revolutionary group that helped usher in the pace-and-space era. This Nets coaching staff will certainly be unique with a wealth of different types of experience, and this should help when it comes to coaching a championship-ready squad with huge personalities.
D’Antoni is coming over to Brooklyn after his four-year stint with the Houston Rockets recently ended. Udoka spent a season with the Philadelphia 76ers after manning the San Antonio Spurs’ bench for seven years next to Gregg Popovich.
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