Steve Nash has played alongside a number of elite players throughout his Hall of Fame career. Now that he’s the head coach in Brooklyn, he’s adding a six-time All-Star to his staff.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Nets are adding six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire to Nash’s staff. He will join as an assistant coach this coming season.
Stoudemire and Nash played six seasons together with the Phoenix Suns, making a combined 10 All-Star appearances together in that brief span. The Suns made the Conference Finals three times with that duo leading the charge, and have not made it since.
Stoudemire joined the Knicks following the 2009-10 season, and played since more NBA seasons before taking his talents overseas in 2016. He’s been plying his trade between Israel and China for the last few years, and recently won the Israeli League Finals MVP award with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
Six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire has agreed to a deal to join new Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash’s staff as an assistant coach, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Nash and Stoudemire starred together in Phoenix.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 23, 2020
Perhaps most crucially, Amar’e Stoudemire has strong ties to the city of New York. He owns property in Hyde Park and always spoke fondly of the city during his five years with the Knicks.
Stoudemire is arguably the biggest name being added to Nash’s staff in Brooklyn. He joins a group of assistant coaches that currently includes Jacques Vaughn, Tiago Splitter, Travon Bryant, Adam Harrington and others.
We’re all expecting a pretty wild first year for Nash at the helm for the Nets. Seeing him and Stoudemire in charge of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will be a sight to see.