Retired as an active player, former National Basketball Association MVP Steve Nash is finalizing an agreement to join the defending champion Golden State Warriors as a part-time player development consultant, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. If and when this deal gets done Nash will be an occasional tutor to the guards on the Warriors.
Jordan Clarkson of the Lakers has been working with Nash too. McCollum.
Even though Nash was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers over his last couple of years, he will always be a part of the Mavs family. Nash should be familiar with the Warriors’ fast-paced system considering he helped usher in the “Seven Seconds or Less” era with Mike D’Antoni with the Phoenix Suns.
Back in March, ESPN also reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers were trying to coax Nash away from retirement to fill a spot-point guard role on a championship contender. Kerr still had the team built around Nash, who was a two-time MVP, but tried to make it a bit more traditional with a trade for Shaquille O’Neal.
It won’t be a full-time role, but any guidance from one of the best point guards of all-time is obviously beneficial.
Hall of Famer Don Nelson, who coached Nash in Dallas and was coaching the Warriors when Curry was drafted in 2009, was outspoken in his belief that the two shared a lot of similarities in their games from the moment he began studying Curry’s work at Davidson College. For eight straight seasons, from 2001-02 in Dallas through 2008-09 in Phoenix, Nash’s teams ranked No. 1 in the league in offensive efficiency.
For Suns fans, the Warriors have basically become a reunion party for former Suns personnel, with Kerr as head coach, Leandro Barbosa coming off the bench and now Nash joining the fold.