During his playing career, Steve Nash was considered one of the most intelligent NBA stars in the game. Since retiring, Nash has continued studying the sport, but the Brooklyn Nets’ decision to make him their head coach came out of nowhere.
The Brooklyn Nets made it to the playoffs this year without one of their main threats, Kevin Durant. Brooklyn also only had Kyrie Irving for just 20 games before a season-ending injury. They did pretty well considering, and next year Brooklyn are thought to be major contenders.
With no permanent coach in charge, people were left guessing who would guide the Nets through the 2020-21 NBA season. A matter of days after the Nets were dumped out of the playoffs, they made the surprise announcement that Steve Nash was their new head coach.
Is He Qualified?
It looks like the Nets could have a good run at the NBA championships next season, and many thought the franchise would hire a steady pair of hands. Instead, they have hired a rookie coach, but he does have some impressive credentials. Steve Nash is a two-time MVP point guard, and he was at the forefront of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns during his playing career.
Additionally, Nash has been working as a player development coach for the Warriors, where he worked closely with Durant. Nash has also been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and he is bringing plenty of experience to Brooklyn.
An Exciting Adventure
Nets fans probably hoped to have someone with championship-winning credentials, but Nash’s appointment is going to be exciting. The former point guard said that coaching was always on his radar, and he is “humbled” to have the opportunity to work in Brooklyn.
While it seems like a risk, Nash and the Nets could be a match made in heaven if the new coach is as good at coaching as he was playing.
Fans of baseball have been left without their favorite sport to watch due to the global virus outbreak. The MLB season was about to get started when the pandemic broke out, and it seems a start date has finally been agreed.
Hello Baseball My Old Friend
It would appear that after four weeks of negotiations, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have found something they can agree on. The start date for the upcoming MLB season is predicted to be around June 30.
It means there is the potential to witness some ball games in under a month for those who have been starved of action. There will, however, be some changes.
A Shorter Season
The MLBPA is reportedly proposing to shorten the MLB season to a 114-game season. The season would provisionally begin on June 30 and run until October 31, when the postseason would then start.
It would be fewer games than we are used to seeing our favorite teams play, but at least they would be playing. More kinks are to be ironed out when the MLB and MLBPA meet once more, with one of the big sticking points being the well-being of players and key staff.
It’s understood that players will have the right to opt out of playing, and those who are deemed high risk receiving salary. A salary deferral plan has been created in case the postseason is canceled.
This new proposal will create two years of extended playoffs, and players will receive a $100 million advance during their second spring training. Of course, money is also a bone of contention, with owners reportedly asking their star players to take even larger pay cuts than those they agreed to in March.
The proposed start date is getting closer and closer, meaning exhibitions could be played in the coming weeks to allow pitchers to find their rhythm.