The architects of the Seven Seconds or Less offense are reuniting.
Mike D’Antoni is finalizing a deal to join Steve Nash’s coaching staff with the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
This comes after Nash attempted to court his former Mavericks teammate Dirk Nowitzki to join him in New York. The Mavs legend told Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News that he couldn't imagine coaching anywhere but in Dallas with the only organization he's ever known.
The Nets hired Steve Nash as a first-time head coach in early September. Later in the month, shortly after the Houston Rockets were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals, D’Antoni informed the Rockets he would no longer be seeking a new contract with the team.
It set the stage for a reunion between Nash and D’Antoni, who coached him to a pair of MVPs in a Phoenix Suns offense which focused on getting off shots within seven seconds of the shot clock.
D’Antoni, who coached in Houston for the past four seasons, was Nash’s coach in Phoenix from 2004 to 2008. Nash won MVPs in 2005 and 2006.
The Suns appeared in the Western Conference finals in those seasons
D'Antoni also coached Nash for a short stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.
They are hoping to recreate that success with Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Ime Udoka is also finalizing a deal to join the Nets’ coaching staff. Udoka spent last season with the Philadelphia Sixers and seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff with the San Antonio Spurs.