Like most of the rest of the sports world, Jerry Colangelo was shocked when he heard Steve Nash was hired by the Nets.
And even though Colangelo worked closely with Nash as a former Suns owner and executive, he isn’t sure the two-time MVP can be a successful coach.
“It’s all just speculation because of the fact is that he hasn’t coached on any level, at any time. And so it’s a big unknown,” Colangelo told the Daily News. “Does that mean he’s starting behind the 8-ball? Not necessarily. When you talk about his attributes as a player, his intellect, his basketball acumen, his communication skills, you could build a case saying because of all those positives, and the relationship he has with a couple of the stars he has on the team in Kevin [Durant] and Kyrie [Irving], that all adds up to a positive opportunity. No guarantees. There were no guarantees no matter who was going to be hired. Because there are so many variables.
“But when you hire somebody, a man of character, commitment, knowledgeable in the attributes I listed a minute ago. That’s a pretty good package. The one missing ingredient, the one box that’s not checked, is experience.”