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Report: Mike D’Antoni to leave Steve Nash’s Nets staff

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BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 18: Head coach Steve Nash talks with assistant coach Mike D’Antoni of the Brooklyn Nets during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 18, 2021 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Mike D’Antoni will not be back as an assistant coach on Steve Nash’s staff in Brooklyn.

In an unexpected announcement, he has decided to step away at age 70 to look for head coaching jobs, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

There was no other reason given for why D’Antoni has chosen to step away. He was brought in as a veteran and experienced voice on the bench next to rookie coach Steve Nash in Brooklyn last season.

This is the second assistant coach the Nets have lost this offseason. Boston hired Ime Udoka to be its new head coach; he had been the Nets “defensive coordinator” last season. Brooklyn hired experienced assistant coach David Vanterpool to replace Udoka.