Steve Nash never managed to win an NBA title as a player, despite coming close on several occasions. But he sure hopes he’ll get one as a coach.
During a recent virtual town hall appearance with season-ticket holders, Nash talked about the expectations the Nets team faces next season and admitted that anything else than a championship win would be considered a failure.
“We’re playing for a championship,” said Nash. “I don’t want to say that anything less than a championship is not a success because you never know what happens in life … Fortune is a big part of winning an NBA championship. But we are playing for a championship, and we’re going to build accordingly.”
Delivering in his first year as a coach is a mammoth task for a first-year head coach, even if Nash comes with great credentials that include two MVP awards. But it isn’t like he doesn’t have the necessary tools to deliver this.
Brooklyn Nets finished 2019/20 as No.7 seed in the East before being swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Toronto Raptors. Considering that his team will have two All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving join next season, it isn’t a surprise Nets are considered a heavy favorites to reach the NBA Finals.
Still, a lot of things will have to click for Nets in order for this to happen.
Irving and Durant will have to return to the elite level, which isn’t exactly easy when you are coming back from season-ending injuries. Also, there is a problem considering the team chemistry, as the addition of the duo might mess the unity that carried the underdog Brooklyn team to success in the past.
Well have to wait until the start of the season to see whether Nash manages to navigate through all of this and finally get himself that ring.