But the Brooklyn Nets' rookie head coach has lived up to his end of the bargain. Without any prior coaching experience, Nash has successfully managed superstar egos and navigated through injury woes. And according to Nets radio analyst Tim Capstraw, Nash deserves a ton of credit for the team's overall success.
"If this continues, somebody's got to acknowledge the job Steve Nash is doing, because this team plays a lot like their coach right now," Capstraw told The Zach Gelb Show on Tuesday. "Things can change, but the confidence and swagger with which they play and the joy with which they play and the way they move the ball is a pleasure to watch... I think there's a way that Steve Nash is coaching these guys. Everybody understands their role. They play a beautiful style of basketball, you see how quickly the ball moves from one player to another...
"I think it's such a testament to the team basketball they want to play, combined with yes, they do have superstars. And I do think he has a really good touch of allowing his superstars the freedom and the humbleness to act like, 'Yeah, yeah, maybe I'm not doing so much, okay.' And yet, everybody buys in exactly how he wants them to play, and everybody is feeling good about themselves.
"There's a lot of ways to measure coaching these days. And being able to coach superstar talent, having them enjoy it, and having them play team basketball is an unbelievable job that not many people can do. That is not an easy job... I think Steve Nash has got to start being appreciated... You've got to give Steve Nash some credit for how cool this team is, because they really resemble their coach right now."
On Monday night, the two-seeded, James Harden-less Nets obliterated the Milwaukee Bucks, 125-86, in Game 2 of their East semifinal series in Brooklyn. With a commanding 2-0 series lead, the Nets have an 87-percent chance of advancing to the East Finals, according to FiveThirtyEight's projections.
Game 3 of their best-of-seven series will take place on Thursday night at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
The entire Nets conversation between Capstraw and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.