The Brooklyn Nets announced Friday, October 30 they have hired Mike D’Antoni as an assistant coach, reuniting the former Phoenix Suns bench boss with newly-hired Nets head coach Steve Nash.
Nash won two league MVP awards while playing point guard for D’Antoni with the Phoenix Suns in the mid-2000s.
Last month, the 69-year-old D’Antoni stepped down after 4 seasons as head coach of the Houston Rockets.
The Nets also announced the hiring of Ime Udoka as an assistant coach and Amar’e Stoudemire as a player development assistant.
“We’ve assembled an experienced staff of high-character individuals with varied backgrounds, both on and off the court, that will help create a solid foundation for me and our players,” said Nash.
“When I set out to build this staff, I wanted to put together a committed group that would connect with our players and help put them in the best position to succeed as a team.
“With coaching and playing experience at the highest level and a deep background in player development, I’m confident that we’ve put the right people in place to lead us forward.”
Led by four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, the Nets are bidding to be a strong playoff contender in 2021-2022.
This will be the third time D’Antoni and Nash have hooked up on an NBA team. Nash played under D’Antoni from 2004-2008 with the Suns, then D’Antoni again coached Nash for two seasons on the Los Angeles Lakers, 2012-2014.
D’Antoni, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, was 217-101 in 4 seasons as Rockets coach, advancing once to the Western Conference finals and 3 times to the conference semifinals. – Rappler.com
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