Steve Nash gets real about Nets’ championship expectations in 2020-21
However, that’s not the case with Nash, who fully expects to compete for a championship next season. After all, the two-time MVP and Hall of Famer does have two of the best players in the world leading the Nets in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Great conversation with Steve Nash as he's introduced as Brooklyn's coach – on why he approached the Nets about the job, on the criticism of his hire, plus his expectations. Nash: "Would it be the kiss of death for a rookie coach to call for a championship on Day 1?" 😂 pic.twitter.com/Tzp9WUzCWJ
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 9, 2020
Kevin Durant and Steve Nash have an extremely close relationship after working together on the Golden State Warriors. The former Phoenix Suns floor general also has a rapport with Kyrie Irving, so it’s going to be fun to watch the Nets play in 2020-21 with Durant, Irving and Nash leading the way.
Durant missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear. The two-time Finals MVP has career averages of 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Warriors. Durant is said to be 100 percent now, so Nets fans certainly can’t wait to see KD make his Brooklyn debut.
Irving, meanwhile, was stellar in his first season with the Nets. Although a shoulder injury limited him to only 20 games, Uncle Drew put on a show in those contests. He averaged 27.4 points, 5.2 boards and 6.4 assists. The six-time All-Star also shot 47.8 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 92.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Nets have a solid roster around Durant and Irving, headlined by Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, DeAndre Jordan and Joe Harris. Brooklyn has to re-sign Harris to keep him on the team though, as the sharpshooter becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
It remains to be seen what Steve Nash will be able to achieve with his star-studded team, but it’s pretty clear he knows what he needs to do.