I typed out this long message in the Tapatalk app on my phone and just before I wanted to submit it, the app crash. Oh well, I'll try to recall most of what I said.
Well, you can't say the Nets don't take chances lol. First, it was Kidd, under King; then, Atkinson, when someone like Thibs was available and had yet to be further tarnished by his time in MIN; and now, Nash.
I'm glad that we didn't hire Mark Jackson (for the reasons I and others have already stated) or another retread. Now more than ever, coaches of superstars with elite players need to be approachable and understanding of today's athlete. Especially considering how the league has transitioned to more of a positionless, 5-out, 1-on-1 style of play, success is more determined by how well a coach manages egos and gets players to buy in than by pure Xs and Os.
I'd hope that Nash's age and his experience working with KD and other players would give him a leg up in terms of relating to and understanding today's player. Considering that Nash was a superstar PG, I'd also tend to think that Xs and Os shouldn't be too hard for him to manage in the few, but important situations where superior BBIQ is needed.
With no head coaching experience and no coaching reputation by which to evaluate him, I have more questions than concrete positives or negatives, such as: 1) How will Nash manage the locker room when things get tough? 2) Can Nash be a disciplinarian when the time calls for it?
It's great that Vaughn agreed to stay on as assistant head coach. I won't repeat what I said in an earlier post, but he must really love his situation in Brooklyn to forgo other head coaching opportunities since those are few and far in between and typically come with a significant increase in salary. I hope and am sure his experience as a coach will aid Nash's transition, along with the rest of the staff (about which Nash was apparently adamant must remain with him at the helm).
We can safely assume that KD is happy about the coaching selection. I venture to guess that Kyrie is at least ok with it as well. And based on Dinwiddie's reaction, we can probably believe that the rest of the team (or at least the rest of the players that matter) are happy about this as well. I'm cautiously optimistic that things will be ok with Nash, although I had similarly hopeful with Kidd fwiw lol. Hopefully, Nash turns out much better than Kidd.
I am more willing to fail with Nash as a head coach than fail with a retread, so I don't really have a problem with Nash being chosen over most of the field. I don't have as many issues with Ty Lue as others have. He was a competent coach who won on contending and championship-winning teams as a player and coach. I don't think I would've had issues with him if he was selected, although I haven't really done much analysis of his tenure as coach in Cleveland.