- 08/15/2010, 12:58PM ET
Hyped78 said 08/15, 12:58 PM
There are probably quite a few possible choices and no doubt some current NBA players will go on to have successful careers as Head Coaches.
But looking at all the current players in the NBA I feel that Steve Nash presents a good measure of traits and talents which would allow him to become a great coach.
He's a very intelligent guy on the court, great vision and awareness, what analysts and fans usually call basketball IQ. The way he runs the offense you know he understands the game, the Xs and the Os.
Looking at the non-technical aspects, Nash has proven to be a team leader, a guy who serves as a mentor to younger players and also someone that other players look to for guidance. He's already a coach inside that basketball court and inside the locker room.
He is respected and cherished. Former teammates, such as Nowitzki, have repeatedly stated they would love to play again alongside him.
On top of that he is a good guy. Won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2007 and his charity initiatives are well known. A role model.
And the inspirational story? From relative unknown to 2-time MVP.
Steve Nash would make a great Head Coach in the NBA.
Chosen1 said 08/16, 12:44 PM
This was a real tough choice for me and it came down to two guys Chauncey Billups or Derek Fisher
My pick Derek Fisher
1) Respect of his teammates
In a city known for its stars it is Fisher who might be the most respected player on the Lakers
"Derek is a man we look up to on and off the court"- Lamar Odom
"He's our vocal leader. He's the guy that pulls everybody together"- Kobe Bryant
Fisher is know for being able to motivate players with his words to get them to play harder and to play better. I will go in to detail more on this in my 2nd and 3rd arguments
2) Respect of others around the league
Oct 14th 2009 NBA.com posted a gm survey one question was which current player would make the best head coach
Allen and Battier 8%
other 24% split by 6 players Nash being one
3) Learning from examples
He has played under Phil Jackson for 8 seasons and with Jerry Sloan for 1 season both are hall of fame coaches.
Having played with those 2 great coaches especially Jackson will help him to know how to deal with players and how to react in any situation he is faced with as a coach.
Hyped78 said 08/16, 03:11 PM
I already stated why Steve Nash would make a terrific NBA coach.
While your Derek Fisher pick is a good one I also feel it's a too obvious one, especially with the Lakers' fans praising Fisher's supposed leadership and coaching abilities.
But is Fisher a LEADER?
We don't know. At least we do know that Steve Nash is an intelligent and charismatic leader.
Fisher has never LED a team.
He didn't lead the Lakers in both his stints there.
He didn't lead the Warriors.
And he didn't lead the Jazz, where he isn't exactly the most popular player.
Bottom line: he has always been a role player.
So where are the PROVEN leadership qualities?
In your point 3 you stated that he has been coached by Phil Jackson, etc.
Kobe has been coached by Jackson. Does that make him a future good coach? Not necessarily.
In your 1st point you said that his teammates praise him. So what?
Don't you think Steve Nash's teammates praise him as well?
Players praising teammates isn't exactly strange.
Doc Rivers: ""What? Besides flopping? He doesn't do a lot extra."
Opposing teams/ coaches "attacking" an opponent isn't something strange as well, now is it?
Chosen1 said 08/16, 07:48 PM
Game 3 of the 08-09 WC Finals Lakers are down 8 going in to the 4th it was Fisher that gave a speech that pulled them together. They outscored the Nuggets 32 to 18 in the 4th and won the game.
Fast forward to this season they go 4 and 7 to end the season. Fisher gave a speech that pulled them together or as Bynum put it "got everybody's minds headed in the right direction"
Fisher has proven time and again he can raise a team with his words. Is that not what a coach does? A coach cant play so he has to know what to say to make his team go out and play. Fisher does just that.
As for the quote from Rivers you used it out of context. Rivers was responding to being asked how Fisher was so successful at drawing fouls. Here is other Rivers quotes about Fisher from the same game
"Derek Fisher was the difference in the game"
"He's just a gutty, gritty player and he gutted the game out for them"
What has Nash done? he has never carried his team to the Finals. Sure he is a great player but he is not as strong as Fisher when it comes to raising his team with his words on the biggest of stages. Great player does not mean great coach.
Hyped78 said 08/17, 06:01 PM
I did NOT use the Doc Rivers quote about Fisher out of context (the article is actually called "Rivers: Fisher a really good flopper"):
So you are wrong there.
"What has Nash done?"
He's a future Hall of Famer and a 2-time MVP, if you want to play that game.
Derek Fisher is a role player who just happened to play for championship teams, where he has never been the 1st or 2nd choice, sometimes not even 3rd or 4th.
If you read what you have written, then we can also assume, with the same logic, that Rick Fox and Robert Horry would make excellent coaches.
Put Nash playing with Kobe and Gasol and he wins titles.
Again you come with more teammates praising Fisher, bla bla.
Were you really expecting them to say anything else?
They can't say he's a top player so they simply talk about his locker room attitude. That's it. Can't read any more into it.
Nash, on the other hand, has DEMONSTRATED his leadership abilities, both on the court and outside of it.
You can't say the same about Fisher.
And are you going to tell everyone that Fisher knows more about the game than Nash?
Chosen1 said 08/17, 10:01 PM
How many role players are a captain on a championship team?
How many role players get called a teams leader time after time again?
I bet you cant name many heck you might not be able to name any other than Fisher
Calling a player your captain and giving him the title of being a leader goes above and beyond wanting to show a little praise
Stats make Nash a better choice?
Jackson- 6.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg
Riley- 7.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.7 apg
not stars but were champs as players and coaches
Ever seen the top 5 in Championships as a coach?
34 championships and none were NBA stars
Stars will be stars but there are more role players than stars. Fisher relates to the majority and knows the importance of "role" players. He can help them to understand the benefits of playing a role while letting the stars be stars. Lets face it even Jordan had guys like Kerr and Kukoc
There is a reason players look up to him and gms said he would be a better coach than Nash. He understands people as well as the game.
I showed with the top 5 coaches great players dont always know more so there is your answer
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