Unlike Close Friend Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki Doesn’t See Head Coaching in His Future
As of now, Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t believe that history will repeat him for and former teammate Steve Nash.
For several years in the early 2000s, Nash and Nowitzki formed a dangerous duo on the Dallas Mavericks. Nash is now coaching Kevin Durant on the Brooklyn Nets, while Nowitzki is enjoying retirement.
Mavericks fans hoping to see Nash and Nowitzki square off on the sidelines will have to wait, because the latter, unlike Nash, doesn’t see coaching in his future.
Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash starred together on the Mavericks
The one downside of Dirk Nowitzki winning the 2011 NBA Finals, if it can be considered one, is that he did so without Steve Nash.
By that point, Nash was entering his final NBA seasons and still impressing on the Phoenix Suns. But just a few years earlier, Nash and Nowitzki teamed up to create a fearsome partnership in Dallas.
With Nash playing point guard and Nowitzki starring as a stretch four, the Mavericks became one of the Western Conference’s most enjoyable teams.
From 2000-04, Dallas made the playoffs every season after not reaching the postseason since the 1989-90 campaign. Nash’s play at point guard helped lay the framework for Dallas making two NBA Finals appearances — and winning a title — between 2006 and 2011.
Steve Nash currently coaches the Brooklyn Nets
Dirk Nowitzki played his final NBA game in April 2019, culminating a career that will soon earn him a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
When that happens, Nowitzki will join Nash, who entered the Hall of Fame in 2018. Nash is now coaching the Brooklyn Nets, who have their own dynamic duo in point guard Kyrie Irving and forward Kevin Durant.
Brooklyn won three of its first five games to open the 2020-21 season. Durant and Irving averaged an identical 28.3 points per night in four games.
Durant added 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 steals, and 1.5 steals after missing last season while recovering from an Achilles injury.
Dirk Nowitzki has no desire to become an NBA head coach
Although Steve Nash is one of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, Dirk Nowitzki likely isn’t joining him anytime soon.
In an interview earlier this year with the Mavericks’ official website, Nowitzki addressed the idea of becoming an NBA head coach like Nash did.
“To me, I don’t see that in my future. But as you see with Steve, you never say never. So we’ll see. But to me, it would be very hard to do it anywhere but [in Dallas]. This is where I live, where my kids go to school and were born. So this is where my heart has always been. The place and the time was just not right for me.”
Nowitzki is only 42, so he has plenty of time to potentially change his mind. But if Nowitzki is sold on only working with the Mavericks, fans hoping for any type of reunion between him and Nash will have to wait until the Mavs and Nets play one another.
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