Nets star Kevin Durant stated he’s excited to work with first-time coach and Basketball Corridor of Famer Steve Nash.
Nash has taken his first steps into teaching, employed by the Nets to exchange Kenny Atkinson regardless of the two-time NBA MVP’s lack of expertise.
Durant beforehand labored with the previous Mavericks, Suns and Lakers guard for 3 seasons with the Warriors, the place the latter was a participant marketing consultant.
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The 2-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP additionally went head-to-head with Nash when he entered the league as a rookie in 2007. Now he is relishing the chance to be coached by the 46-year-old.
“His perception for the sport, his communication, how he communicates the sport of basketball is unquestionably going to assist me as a participant develop and it will assist the remainder of the workforce,” Durant advised JJ Redick’s “The Outdated Man and the Three” podcast.
Durant added: “Each time I am within the gymnasium with him, I used to be all the time like a sponge.
“I am wanting ahead to this man. I all the time really feel like I am a pupil of the sport. Any person who has skilled a lot and performed in numerous eras, I am wanting ahead to him instructing me some extra issues about it as properly.”
Durant is but to play for the Nets due to an Achilles harm after his high-profile arrival from the Warriors in 2019. Durant opted to not return to the courtroom contained in the Orlando bubble at Walt Disney World Resort, the place the Nets had been eradicated within the first spherical of the Jap Convention playoffs.
“I have been enjoying since I used to be eight, like, actually locked in. Each day was centered across the sport,” Durant stated. “To lastly get a yr off, it was fairly cool. I began to focus slightly bit extra, perceive what I love to do outdoors of the sport slightly bit extra, as bizarre as that sounds at 30 years previous. I actually loved that point to myself.
“I discovered a lot in regards to the sport of basketball, the enterprise of basketball. I see it from a special lens. I used to be watching the sport from a coach’s and a fan’s perspective unexpectedly. I felt a brand new degree of appreciation for what I am doing for being away from it.
“Going into [the season], I did not suppose I might have that feeling. It undoubtedly helps when the workforce indicators you to a max deal regardless that you tore your Achilles. That undoubtedly eased my thoughts a bit. I additionally simply loved having that free time to do my factor. I by no means obtained that point. I by no means obtained to get pleasure from that point. However at this level, I am wanting ahead to going on the market and enjoying once more.”