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Report: Nets coach Steve Nash hiring Amar’e Stoudemire as assistant

Nets coach Steve Nash and former Suns teammate Amar'e Stoudemire

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks jokes with Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers before their game at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2012 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 116-107. 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. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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New Nets coach Steve Nash struck out on one attempt to hire a former star teammate as an assistant.

But after Dirk Nowitzki declined, Amar’e Stoudemire said yes.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

It’s easy to get excited about this. Nash and Stoudemire carry name recognition. They ran an excellent pick-and-roll with the Suns, and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant could learn a few tricks.

But good players don’t always make good coaches. Does Stoudemire have the desire for the grind of assistant coaching?

It’s also unclear how large of a role Stoudemire will hold. Brooklyn retained former Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn as Nash’s lead assistant. Former Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni – who coached Nash and Stoudemire in Phoenix – could also join the staff.

And Irving and Durant are very differently styled players. Their pick-and-rolls won’t closely resemble Nash-Stoudemire pick-and-rolls.

Still, the Nets loading up on former stars with no coaching experience is at least intriguing.