Kerry Irving, Kevin Durant say that coaching the Brooklyn Nets will be a ‘collaborative effort’


The Brooklyn Nets named Steve Nash their head coach in early September, but stars Kerry Irving and Kevin Durant saw Nash in a supporting role and not as head of top-down leadership.

“I don’t really see a head coach,” Irving said on Durant’s new podcast, “The It’s.” “KD can be a head coach, I can be a head coach [some days]. ”

Durant agreed with Irving, calling it a “collaborative effort” and named assistant and former interim head coach Jack Vaughn, who could fill the role any day.

Nate, who was a blowout hire by the Nets, said he was particularly excited to work with Irving when he was named coach, calling the star point guard “enthusiastic with basketball”. However, Irving said on the podcast that he does not know Nash well but is eager to work with him.

“Steve is great, and I have a relationship with him that is going to build over time, brother,” Irving said. “Steve does not know me by anything he has heard or he has heard anyone else. We’ve worked once in 2014, but it has developed into a respectable relationship from afar just in time. I gave him two years. Previously seen in the Hall of Fame. Gave him a big hug and now he is the head coach. And I think this is going to change the way he sees the coach as well.

Irving said, “I want someone to understand that I’m a human being, I serve my community first, and then basketball is something I do every day because I love.” “We always heard and saw how great Nash was as a player, but also that when you know him as a person, you understand why he can be with us. We got someone to coach him. There is no need to come up with philosophy and change. Whatever we are doing. ”

Durant has a strong relationship with Nash, who forged during his time with the Golden State Warriors, where Nash was a player development coach.

“I think that being there for Steve and collaborating with our floor every day will only lead to good results for us and scorers like Torian. [Prince]Is a car [LaVert] And spencer [Dinwiddie], “Said Durrant.” I think the relationship is going to happen, which is important for us to move forward. ”

Durant acknowledged unique leadership within the Nets, most notably with him, Irving and Nash.

“I think a lot of people can question our leadership, overall or just the two of us,” Durant said. “But when I and Kai talked about being a coach every single day, I think it is leading by example and I think many of our teammates are about to follow the team.”

Irving also addressed the crunch-time situations and how he and Durant would play off each other and who would take the last shot. Irving said it would be about “what was hot” at the time, but explained that this is the first time in his career that he feels crunch-time is on par for his team.

“One thing that I am always comfortable with is that I feel that I was the best choice for every team that I played at the bottom of,” Irving said. “This is the first time in my career I’ve looked down and been like, ‘That motherf — er can make that shot too.” And that would probably make it a lot easier.

He said, “It’s not so much disappointing, because in previous situations where I didn’t take the last shot. I felt guilty. I want it to be a game-winning shot, but you also want to trust your teammates.” It’s not that I didn’t trust my teammates. But I felt I was the best choice. ”

Irving spent three seasons in Cleveland with LeBron James. He hit one of the most clutch shots in NBA Finals history in Game 7 of his series against the Warriors in 2016.

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