There is a possibility that Steve Nash will return to the Phoenix Suns. This time, not as a player but as a head coach.
The Phoenix franchise is reportedly very interested in hiring Nash as head coach after the Suns recently fired Jeff Hornacek and put Earl Watson as interim head coach until a replacement is found.
However, Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted that Nash is still “not ready” to assume a head coaching post at this point. Nash is currently the general manager of the Canada basketball national team.
ESPN sources say Suns have strong interest in Steve Nash for bench vacancy but Nash not ready at this time to jump into full-time coaching
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 1, 2016
Nash, who was a part-time consultant with the defending champions Golden State Warriors last offseason, played for the Suns from 1996 to 1998 and then from 2004 to 2012.
Nash, who retired last season, led the Suns to memorable seasons and postseason appearances and won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards in 2005 and 2006 in his second stint with the Suns.
Nash, who was named NBA All-Star eight times in his career, also played for the Dallas Mavericks (1998 to 2004) and in the latter part of his career, with the Los Angeles Lakers (2012 to 2015).
Nash is considered one of the players with the highest basketball IQ in the game and being a point guard in the league will help his transition from being a player to a head coach.
In 18 years in the NBA, Nash averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists in the regular season and 17.3 points and 8.8 assists in 120 career playoff games. While his stats are not overwhelming, Nash’s value was with being a true point guard and leader inside the court.
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