News has surfaced that Mike D’Antoni is finalizing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets to become an assistant coach under Steve Nash. Along with D’Antoni, the Nets are also bringing in long-time assistant coach Ime Udoka, who spent last season with the Philadelphia 76ers organization.
D’Antoni and Udoka bring a lot of experience to the table for Brooklyn. Before joining The 76ers, Udoka served as an assistant on Gregg Popovich’s staff for seven years. He clearly has experience in NBA coaching despite being just forty-three years old. D’Antoni, on the other hand, will be one of the older and more experienced members of The Nets staff. He was most recently head coach for the Houston Rockets, where he made several deep playoff runs with James Harden. Although D’Antoni never won a ring in Houston, they were certainly a well-respected team. He was also the coach for The Knicks for a period of time.
D’Antoni gained his status as a respected coach with the Phoenix Suns, where he won coach of the year in 2005. That team ran a unique pick and roll offense featuring none other than Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire. Both Stoudemire and Nash are now on the Nets staff as well, which will lead many to believe they may return to a similar style of play. In adding Udoka and D’Antoni, The Nets have assembled a coaching staff filled with brilliant basketball minds, as well as a wide range of ages to connect with the players. Brooklyn hopes to bring a championship back to New York, something the city and fans desperately need right now.