Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver doesn’t hide his affection for Steve Nash, so it comes as no surprise to most people that he already has someone in mind to replace Jeff Hornacek, who was fired over the weekend as the head coach, according to Yahoo Sports.
With a 14-35 record, the Phoenix Suns knew that changes were needed to prevent the season from being a complete disaster. The players were no longer responding to head coach Jeff Hornacek, so Robert Sarver and general manager Ryan McDonough really had no choice but to make a change in the position to see if that would spark a couple of more victories out of a very talented but scattered roster.
Jeff Hornacek was a beloved former Phoenix Suns guard, so his hiring was a very popular one by management when it was made. Steve Nash was an even more popular guard for the franchise, so the move would more than likely be well received by a fan base that had grown disenchanted with the team failing to become a powerhouse in the stacked Western Conference. That’s why Robert Sarver is so intent on hiring Nash to take over his team and guide them towards the promise land.
As of right now, Steve Nash barely has any coaching experience. He has never been an NBA head coach or assistant coach. The only thing on his coaching resume is that he is a part-time consultant with the Golden State Warriors, where he spends a couple of days a month working with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and others. Robert Sarver doesn’t really need a resume to know that Nash is the guy he wants as the next Phoenix Suns head coach.
You see, Robert Server saw up close and personal of the type of mind that Steve Nash has for the game of basketball. He watched the former Santa Clara Broncos star essentially be a coach on the floor, directing his players into sets that would put them in the optimal positions to score. When he saw holes in the defense or defensive mismatches that the Phoenix Suns could exploit, Nash would channel his inner Peyton Manning and call audibles to his teammates. Instead of screaming “Omaha!” Steve more than likely was yelling, “Ottawa!”
There are a million reasons why Robert Sarver is sold on Steve Nash being his next head coach.
The problem for Robert Sarver and the Phoenix Suns, however, is selling Steve Nash on the idea. The 41-year-old is said to be leaning against the idea of taking on a full-time head coaching or assistant coaching in the NBA at the current time because he wants to focus on his family after spending nearly two decades on the road as a professional basketball player.
Robert Sarver also needs to sell Steve Nash on the Phoenix Suns roster being good enough to compete for an NBA Championship in the next couple of years. Nash needs to know that Eric Bledsoe is qualified to be the franchise player of a team that can go deep in the playoffs. Steve also needs to gauge the potential in Brandon Knight, whom many consider a future All-Star player. He would also need to see if the supporting cast of Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, TJ Warren, and Devin Booker are enough of a building block for him to take the risk and jump into the coaching world.
Another scenario would require Robert Sarver to convince Steve Nash that the Phoenix Suns head coaching position is a much better one that might open up with the Los Angeles Lakers if they decide to fire Byron Scott after the season.
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