Steve Nash Says Playing for Phil Jackson Would Be “Fantastic”

While he’s out recuperating from a busted fibula, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash spoke to ESPN on the topic of his team’s next coach. Lakers head coach Mike Brown was fired earlier this week and will likely be replaced by the time Nash returns to the game from his injury in two weeks time.

While Nash’s former Phoenix Suns coach Mike D’Antoni is reportedly up for the job, Nash also spoke about the possibility of playing under Phil Jackson, the most popular candidate for the position, who interviewed with Lakers executives on Saturday.

“It would obviously be a coup for the franchise to have somebody of his success rate and his history with this club and with Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant in particular, it would be fantastic,” Nash said of playing for Jackson. “For me personally it would be fantastic.”

While he said that playing for D’Antoni in the purple and gold jersey would be “seamless and terrific,” Nash doesn’t deny the fact that bringing on Jackson as head coach “makes a lot of sense” due to his successful Triangle Offense.

“The only thing I can say about it is it’s won a lot of championships so it’s hard to argue with that,” Nash said of Jackson’s coaching technique. “It makes a lot of sense in principle. Most people would look at myself in that offense and say it’s not a great fit; I look at it as a great opportunity to try something new in a different stage in my career. The Triangle has had such a great success rate it would be interesting to take part in it.”

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