It seems the Nets will lose Mike D’Antoni from their teaching employees in spite of everything — simply not in the way in which many presumed.
D’Antoni is stepping away from a full-time position as an assistant (and de facto offensive coordinator) on head coach Steve Nash’s employees, The Publish has confirmed. The transfer was first reported by ESPN.
The Nets had no assertion on his departure, although Nash launched a press release.
“I wish to thank Mike for every part he did for me, in addition to our group, over the previous yr,” Nash stated. “Having Mike subsequent to me was invaluable as I navigated my first season as head coach.
“I can be endlessly grateful for his steering and can stick with it a lifetime of classes from the numerous years we’ve spent collectively. Our gamers and employees all benefited from his time in Brooklyn and we want Mike, Laurel and their household the easiest in what lies forward.”
Sources near the scenario informed The Publish that D’Antoni, who turned 70 in Could, is just not stepping away due to a well being subject. D’Antoni merely didn’t need to spend one other yr concerned within the rigors of assistant teaching, in response to ESPN. He may find yourself in a much less strenuous position for 2021-22.
The veteran was a finalist for the Path Blazers head teaching job this offseason, and ESPN reported that the two-time NBA Coach of the Yr is anticipated to pursue head-coaching jobs sooner or later.
At this level, it’s unclear what position D’Antoni would possibly serve with the Nets, or who Nash and normal supervisor Sean Marks are lining as much as substitute him as offensive coordinator. former Thunder assistant Brian Keefe, who coached Kevin Durant, James Harden, Jeff Inexperienced, and Nets assistant coach Royal Ivey in OKC — has been talked about as a risk by HoopsHype.
What is evident is that that is no retirement.
Within the historical past of the NBA, solely two head coaches — present Spurs and Workforce USA Olympic coach Gregg Popovich and former Knicks coach Hubie Brown — have stayed on the sidelines into their 70s, in response to HoopsHype. Regardless of stepping away from Nash’s employees, nonetheless, D’Antoni seems intent on changing into the third.
D’Antoni created the “7 Seconds or Much less” assault, which Nash perfected as a participant in Phoenix 15 years in the past and which turned a constructing block of recent NBA basketball. He additionally coached Nash and the late Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, present Nets star James Harden and Russell Westbrook with the Rockets and Carmelo Anthony with the Knicks.
D’Antoni has a profession report of 718-555, and gained Coach of the Yr awards in each 2005 and 2017. He was the top coach of the 2012 Olympic crew that gained gold behind present Nets star Durant. Briefly, he’s succesful not solely of working with stars, but in addition of wringing out their peak offensive performances.
The Nets went into the offseason fearing the lack of as much as three assistants. Defensive coordinator Ime Udoka received a long-overdue head-coaching job when he was employed by Brad Stevens to educate the Celtics, and was changed by former Timberwolves affiliate head coach David Vanterpool.
Now after shedding their different coordinator (although it’s attainable he may keep round in another capability) solely former interim head coach Jacque Vaughn stays from that trio.