Looks like the New Jersey Nets have a new head coach!  Even more, he’s a new coach with a unique Brain Type.  Steve Nash, a #5 FEIR, had a “fantastic individual career, with his undersized overachievement, his jaw-dropping style of play, those back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player Awards in 2005 and 2006 and his enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame the instant he became eligible.”  Indeed, Nash was one of the most talented players in NBA history.

On the outside, Steve appeared to just be a 6’3″ scrapper from Santa Clara with not much upside, but Jon Niednagel saw the inside, knowing his inborn Brain Type back in the mid-90s.  At the time Niednagel worked for the Phoenix Suns, and told management Nash could be an excellent NBA backcourt player (#5 Joe Montana-like).  As a newcomer consultant, Suns management thought Niednagel was speaking Greek, or worse, but coach Danny Ainge (#5 FEIR) did not, and if anyone could relate to Nash’s design, it was Ainge. Draft Nash they did in 1996 as the 15th overall pick, and for the next 2 years Nash was able to begin making a name for himself despite being stuck behind All-Stars Jason Kidd (#6 BEIR) and Kevin Johnson (#2 BEAR) as a third-string guard.

At any rate, after Steve’s hiring, ESPN host Stephen Smith (#13 FCIR) labeled it as an example of “white privilege”.  Wow!  Reality-checker Charles Barkley went on to criticize Smith, saying, “I was very disappointed with some of the guys on television today talking about ‘white privilege.  They’re like, ‘Well, this doesn’t happen to black guys.’ I’m like, ‘It happened to Doc Rivers (#6 BEIR), it happened to Jason Kidd (#6), it happened to Derek Fisher (#13 FCIR).’ So I was really disappointed.”

Will Nash be a good coach?  To be sure, he will see the floor superbly (actually better than any other NBA head coach), just as he did as a player.  As coach, it will drive Nash nuts to watch his players and the refs spatially miss one important instance after another. Considering vision is the key to smart and successful b-ball, the Nets will regularly be reminded of that fact by their observant and mentoring Einstein.

Steve will be a cordial but feisty, and as an EI ‘Hawk’ , he will attempt to apply strategies to his coaching style.  The New Jersey Nets are a talented team, and Nash is also reportedly trying to surround himself with capable assistant coaches (he is even said to have reached out to former teammate #10 BCAR Dirk Nowitzki!).

In the end, Nash needs to keep his cool and realize that others won’t see as much as he. Second, he’ll be tempted each game to throw out his predetermined plan the minute the team becomes inept. He’ll love to experiment but needs to keep it in check. The last #5 Head Coach to hang up his clipboard was Paul Westphal, so #5s can be very good coaches–if they practice patience.

Written by: Staff
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