Warriors hiring Steve Nash is crucial for one simple reason

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Stephen Curry and Steve Nash
Stephen Curry and Steve Nash
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Marc Stein of ESPN reported yesterday that the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are in “advanced negotiations” to bring on two-time MVP Steve Nash as a part-time player development consultant. The 41-year-old Nash officially retired from basketball in March and was reportedly pursued aggressively by Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, team president Rick Welts, and current player development coach Bruce Fraser, who all worked with Nash when he played in Phoenix.

Steve Kerr knows from experience what it takes to repeat. One of the many challenges for the Warriors will be finding ways to sustain and improve after a magical 67-win campaign last season. In order for Golden State to repeat, they have to evolve in any way possible. Their roster won’t be changing much, the biggest change thus far being the loss of David Lee, so it won’t be an evolution of personnel. They need to evolve intrinsically and individually, and having someone like Nash on board, one of the most valued and trusted basketball IQ’s in the game, is expected to contribute to that need.

As exciting, consistent, and efficient as the Warriors were last season, especially on the offensive side of the floor, the hardest thing to envision is them being even better. For eight straight seasons between 2001 and 2009, Nash’s teams ranked the highest in offensive efficiency. He brings an added element of mastery that the Warriors know they’ll need to overcome the standing obstacle of advancing themselves into something more.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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