Nash and D'Antoni, in a game in 2008 when one was a point guard and the other coach of the Suns. Matt York / AP
The old days are back, the remembered duo of Mike D'Antoni and Steve Nash.
They were the main architects of the famous
run and gun
that delighted fans of the Phoenix Suns and world basketball between 2004 and 2008.
Seven Seconds or Less
(Seven seconds or less, in reference to how short it took them to pitch each play) was the motto of those Suns.
Nash and D'Antoni return, but in a team and with a totally different task.
The reunion is in the ranks of the Brooklyn Nets, the squad in which the Canadian point guard retired in 2014, at 46, began his coaching career.
The surprise is that Mike D'Antoni, at 69 years old and with extensive experience as head coach of the Suns, New York Knicks, Lakers and Houston Rockets, the team he left at the end of last season, has assumed the Nash's assistant position.
The Nets reinforce their status as favorites for a season that is not yet known when it will begin.
The NBA wants to do it on December 22;
the players, having concluded the previous mid-October, prefer to wait until January 18.
The Nets, in any case, hope to finally have Kevin Durant.
The former keeper suffered a serious injury in the
with the Golden State Warriors.
He then signed for the Nets, but has not yet been able to debut in a luxury lineup with Kyrie Irving.
"We've assembled an experienced team of high-profile people with varied backgrounds, both on and off the court, who will help build a strong foundation," argues Nash, who will have former Suns teammate Amare Stoudemire as an assistant. player development in a technical squad followed by Jacque Vaughn, who ended up assuming maximum technical responsibility last season after relieving Kenny Atkinson, and former player Ime Udoka.
“I set out to form a technical team that connects with our players and be in the best position to succeed.
Mike, with his experience at the highest level, is one of the right people to guide us. "
The Suns were one of those few teams capable of leaving a legacy despite not winning a title.
It was three decades ago.
D'Antoni was making his first steps as a coach in the NBA after having triumphed with Olimpia Milan and a round trip from Italy to the United States.
The Suns hired him as an assistant to Frank Johnson in 2002. And there he led a splendid time.
Nash was the metronome for those Suns who reached the Western Conference finals three times (2005, 2006 and 2010, the latter losing to the Lakers of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol).
The Suns attack was pure speed, with a lot of freedom, a style that he fell in love with, with a team that included, in addition to Nash and Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, Quentin Richardson, Shawn Marion and Leandro Barbosa.