NEW YORK – Mike D’Antoni is leaving the Brooklyn Nets, forcing Steve Nash to make another change to his coaching staff.
Nash announced the decision for the 70-year-old D’Antoni in a statement Wednesday, saying having the two-time Coach of the Year was “invaluable” in his first season as coach.
“I will be forever grateful for your guidance and will continue a lifetime of lessons from the many years we have spent together,” Nash said in the statement. “Our players and staff benefited from this time at Broolyn and we wish Mike, Laurel and their family the best in what lies ahead.”
– Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 28, 2021
D’Antoni won the 2005 ‘Coach of the Year’ award with the Phoenix Suns, when Nash was their point guard, then another with the Houston Rockets in 2017. He has long been considered one of the best offensive coaches in the NBA. and helped the Nets reach the second round of the Playoffs, where they lost to eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks in seven games.
The Nets already lost an assistant this offseason when Ime Udoka left to become coach of the Boston Celtics. David Vanterpool was hired to replace him.
Associated Press contributed to this report.