The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly hired six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire to join Steve Nash’s coaching staff, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Stoudemire will become an assistant coach with a primary focus on player development in his new role.
Amar’e Stoudemire and Steve Nash formed one of the best pick-and-roll duos in NBA history during their time in Phoenix. Between 2004 and 2010, the duo led the Suns to Conference Finals on three separate occasions.
The hiring of Stoudemire leads to many wondering if the Nets will hire Mike D’Antoni as well. D’Antoni was the head coach of those 2000s Suns teams, who helped revolutionize the fast-paced offense in the NBA. D’Antoni also went on to coach Stoudemire with the New York Knicks from 2010 through 2012.
The hiring of Amar’e Stoudemire seems like a perfect fit at first glance. The Nets will have one of the league’s fastest offenses next season with an emphasis on the pick-and-roll. When it comes to the big men on the team, this hiring will especially be beneficial.
Centers Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan get the majority of their points through alley-oop lobs, so there isn’t anybody better to help them out in that department than Stoudemire. Nicolas Claxton also gets another great mentor for his development as well.
Amar’e Stoudemire is just another big-name coach that has recently been linked to the Nets. A team with championship expectations will always have intrigue from around the league.