With last offseason's additions of superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets' coaching vacancy was one of the most highly sought after positions in the NBA, which made the surprise hiring of two-time league MVP Steve Nash that much more astonishing.
News broke Thursday morning and sent social media into an absolute frenzy, featuring many people on both sides of the fence. One thing that's for certain is that Nash's immaculate career as an NBA point guard has earned him respect as a basketball intellectual. However, with the pressure to win sooner rather than later in Brooklyn, the hire of a coach that's never held said position before can be a head-scratcher to some.
NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joined Chris Miller on the Wizards Talk podcast to discuss the hiring and his perspective is sort of encompassing of both the naysayers and believers.
"In a vacuum, Steve Nash is a great hire," Haberstroh said. "One of the most ruthless point guards in the league, I don’t think that Steve Nash will have any issues in terms of basketball IQ and knowledge of the game. He’s been with the championship organization with the Warriors and has seen the culture that he can instill and take over from them.
"But in terms of ego management with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, one of those guys is a handful to deal with. Two of them is a ton, and then you throw in the New York pressure cooker. That is not an easy job," Haberstroh said. "I think it’s a great job in that you have two superstars, but they’ve never played together, and secondly, not in New York City.
"Steve Nash has an amazing opportunity here but like Gortat said, he’s going to need some time, and they don’t have much time."
With the next NBA season expected to be coming soon after the conclusion of this year's NBA playoffs, it won't take long for all of us to witness just how this sudden pairing works on the hardwood.