Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash has reportedly made two big additions to his coaching staff.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Mike D'Antoni and Ime Udoka are finalizing deals to join Nash's star-studded staff in Brooklyn. This report comes just one week after The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that former All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire would be joining the staff as an assistant coach.
Mike D'Antoni and Ime Udoka are finalizing deals to become assistant coaches under Steve Nash with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell ESPN. Together, D'Antoni and Nash were the architects of the Seven Seconds or Less Offense with the Phoenix Suns in the mid-2000's.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 30, 2020
As Wojnarowski noted, D'Antoni coached Nash from 2004-08 with the Phoenix Suns as well as from 2012-14 with the Los Angeles Lakers. Under D'Antoni, Nash won two MVP awards and had four All-NBA nods alongside Stoudemire, who is also on the staff.
D'Antoni joins Nash's staff after spending the last four seasons as head coach of the Houston Rockets, making four postseason appearances and winning Coach of the Year in 2017.
While Udoka never played alongside Nash or Stoudemire during his seven-year NBA career, he became an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs once his pro career ended in 2012. There, he worked alongside current Nets general manager Sean Marks, who was an assistant coach in San Antonio from 2013-2016.
Udoka joins Nash's staff after spending the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach under Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers. At 43, Udoka is widely considered as one of the rising stars in coaching and has been in consideration for a number of head coaching posts in recent years.
With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving returning from injury, the Nets are thought to be one of the East's top contenders in the upcoming season. Both D'Antoni and Udoka worked with Durant on the United States Men's National team in 2012 and 2018, respectively, while Irving was on hand in 2018 to establish familiarity with Udoka as well.
With Nash, D'Antoni, Udoka and Stoudemire on the sidelines, there will be a number of vocal leaders worthy of making their title aspirations a reality.
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