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Nash Comments on Potential Role with Suns
Monday, Feb. 8
"I would be open to working with the Suns in the future," Nash said. "(But) coaching is one thing I'm not ready to do, or interested in doing."
Phoenix Expected to Make a Push to Land Nash as Coach
Monday, Feb. 1
With the firing of Jeff Hornacek as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, per Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, Chris Mannix of the same outlet expects Nash's name to emerge as one of the candidates to take over the job.
As Mannix noted, "Suns owner Robert Sarver’s affection for Nash is well known—the two recently bought controlling interest of a Spanish soccer club—and there is no question the return of Nash would reinvigorate the fanbase."
Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Suns have "strong interest" in Nash but that he is "not ready at this time to jump into full-time coaching." Stein added that Nash is "not prepared to leave family" in order to take a coaching position.
Nash has spent this season working as a part-time consultant for the Golden State Warriors.
It's uncertain if Nash would want to continue a career in the NBA as a coach, however. He's been the general manager of the Canadian men’s national basketball team since 2012, and a front-office gig may be more appealing to Nash in the long run.
On the other hand, if Nash returns to Phoenix, it would almost certainly be in a coaching role. As Mannix wrote, "The Suns have a bright young general manager in Ryan McDonough, whose role was enhanced when Lon Babby, Phoenix’s former president of basketball operations, stepped down last summer, but many believe Sarver will do whatever it takes to lure Nash back."
Nash's intelligence and knowledge of the game have never been questioned, so it wouldn't come as a surprise if he was offered a head coaching position despite his lack of experience in that role.
Nash, 41, spent 18 seasons in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 14.3 points, 8.5 assists and three rebounds per game during his career. He was a two-time MVP, an eight-time All-Star selection and is third all-time in assists.