For Steve Nash, pressure is there but what kind of pressure?

Steve Nash will be starting his third year with Brooklyn in training camp, but the title team’s dream is now, if not shattered, a bit shattered.

Will Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving return (and happy about it) or will Nash rebuild the Brooklyn Nets with smaller players and fewer goals? These are two different missions for the Hall of Famer.

As Brian Lewis notes, he enters the third season of his four-year deal with question marks.

Nash has seen its alternation and management questioned its end. In last season’s playoffs at the hands of the Celtics, his perceived lack of strategic tweaks came under heavy criticism. Then this season, the Nets lost three full-time assistant coaches and a host of other valuable employees. It will be the microscope of the NBA world.

Of course, he has complete faith and credit in Sean Marks’ support for him. It was Marx who pushed Nash to join him in Brooklyn and the two remained good friends. Irving may have wanted Phil Handy and Durant Ty Lo but that’s in the past. Present on Nash.

He will be supported on the bench by eight assistants, who are very likely to be the biggest working team in the league. It will be heavy on player development. Despite the departure of Adam Harrington, a KD friend and favourite, Igor Kokoskov, the former Phoenix coach and with the Slovenian and Serbian national teams, has been signed. Kokoskov is listed as a coach at the Nets directly under Nash and his chief aide, Jacque Vaughn. The team also added Adam Caburn and Trevor Hendry who also have a lot of experience in player development.

Durant, who is said to have ordered the trade on June 30, has been working with Harrington in recent days.

Is there anything else in the video, posted by Boardroom, the KD-owned platform, other than the training? Is it an indication of the ownership and management of the nets that his loyalty to friends and family is sacrosanct?

Kokoskov may be the key to the success of NETS. Nash wanted him back in 2020 when he was the head coach of Fenerbahce, the Turkish powerhouse. As Alex Schaefer recently wrote:

Shortly after Steve Nash was named head coach for the Brooklyn Nets in 2020, he made a far-reaching call to Turkey to try and name Igor Kokoshkov to his opening coaching staff. The two intersected in Phoenix from 2008 to 2012, when Kokoshkov was an assistant under Terry Porter and Alvin Gentry during the back end of Prime Nash – and Kokoshkov became one of Nash’s favorite coaches…

Nash isn’t the only VIP around the Nets who has crossed paths with Kokoškov – or who shares his interests. Kokoshkov overlapped with Irving for one season in Cleveland.

Besides being a development coach known for catering exercises to each player’s skill set, Schaeffer writes, he’s the slick old boss on the staff. His resume includes major coaching spells with the NBA, Euroleague, and FIBA, as well as assisting gigs at the NCAA in Missouri and with the Clippers, Pistons, Suns, Cavaliers, Magic, Jazz, Kings, Mavericks and now the Nets. He used all his experiences to complement his knowledge. He was the first to teach NBA players the Euro move. He also has an NBA ring, with the 2004 Pistons.

Nash, of course, will be playing the cards Marks dealt him and may not know what he’s going to get on his camp roster until September. Last season he was treated poorly, with Irving refusing to vaccinate, requesting a trade from James Harden, Kevin Durant’s knee injury that held him up for six weeks, Ben Simmons all over again, playing again, and only the General. drain the knowledge of things. Brooklyn led the league in the starting lineup and the Novices ended up with nearly 3,000 minutes on the field.

Was there enough of the record to rate his performance? The hope is that things will settle down this season, but as the summer has proven, that’s not the case…at all. It’s the opposite. This is not to make excuses for Nash but as his former protégé Goran Dragic said about the season. “Every day there was something different, something difficult.”

Of course, one of the strengths of a good coach is his adaptability. With 154 games now on his résumé (92-62), Nash watched everything and no matter the roster on September 27. He will be judged by what he will get from her.

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