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Golden State Warriors pursuing Steve Nash, per report

Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warrios could add recently retired point guard Steve Nash to their coaching staff, according to an ESPN report.

The two sides are reportedly finalizing a deal which would make Nash a part time players development assistant. Via ESPN.com:

Sources told ESPN.com that Nash, who was not planning to go into coaching after formally announcing his retirement in March, has been lobbied aggressively by Warriors coach Steve Kerr and team president Rick Welts to spend a few days per month with the team to work on skills with individual players.

The ESPN report also said Nash and Kerr grew close when Nash played with the Pheonix Suns.

Most recently, Nash played in only 65 games over two seasons with the Lakers.

He spent last offseason working with Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson

This offseason, Nash spent some time as the General Manager of Canada Basketball.  Nash has also worked with young players including C.J. McCullum and Dante Exum

The 2015 regular season MVP and Warriors guard Steph Curry reacted to the news on Twitter. Curry joked that he was happy the NBA Champs finally added a real coach, and he shared a picture of Curry and Nash sharing the court..

Curry’s dry humor was later deleted. However, Curry draws many comparisons to Nash through the shared shooting and passing ability. 

Nash finished his career ranked No. 3 in all-time assists. After 19 seasons, Nash ranks behind only Jason Kidd and John Stockton with 10,335 career assists. 

Nash won the 2004 and 2005 regular season MVP award with the Pheonix Suns. With stops with the Dallas Mavericks and Suns from 2001-09, Nash’s teams ranked No. 1 in offensive efficiency.

Nash should receive Hall of Fame consideration whether or not he continues his basketball career by coaching.

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