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  • the coaching itch was always there.

  • In a way, I kind of kept it to myself to give me the freedom of not being on the radar of coaching expectancy.

  • I've always known in the back of my mind that I'd love to do it.

  • Here's what he had to say on K D.

  • We both love the game of basketball.

  • We got a bond over me, in a sense, being a teacher and a pupil through the years.

  • And as far as Kyrie.

  • Kyrie and I have a history of not only being two point guards, but he is one of my favorite players to watch.

  • On that note, we bring in Richard Jefferson and David Fizdale, Coach fizz RJ.

  • Good to see you both.

  • We will get to you in just a moment.

  • Stephen A.

  • I'll start with you.

  • Give us your reaction to the news.

  • Well, just to remind Coach Fizdale and R.

  • J because they weren't on the show with me at the top of the show at 10 o'clock.

  • Um, I'm mixed emotions.

  • On one hand, I'm incredibly happy for Steve Nash.

  • He's a good dude.

  • He's tremendously connected.

  • Uh, you know, Steph Curry and those boys speak fondly of him.

  • K d obviously felt very fondly of him.

  • Him and Kyrie signed off on this.

  • From what I was told, guys like Quentin Richardson, Stephen Jackson and others got a lot of love for him.

  • Hey was represented for years by Super agent Bill Duffy.

  • Uh, the guy has done.

  • He's got a lot of great great relationships with guys around the league, particularly black dudes.

  • Andi and I'm confident he's going to do a good job, and I'm happy for him to be the class individual that he is.

  • I'm very happy for Steve Kerr.

  • On the other hand, I'm disgusted.

  • I'm disgusted because to me, it's the latest example of white privilege, and I'm not getting on Sean Marks.

  • He should be allowed to hire whoever the hell he wants.

  • And he's doing a great job in Brooklyn and again, Steve Nash.

  • I'm happy for him, But you know what?

  • Ty Lue, Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, Sam Cassell.

  • There are plenty of black qualified candidates that were out there that actually had resumes.

  • Uh, that never had the opportunity to coach a K D and Kyrie on the same team.

  • And once again.

  • Here we are looking at the same old sad picture, and that is white individuals having white privilege exercised in their favor, getting an opportunity to land their first job in the business on this level, with a team like that, while qualified blacks on the outside looking in, wondering when they're going to get their opportunity, wondering why they still have to be twice or three times is good to get half off what they have and people looking out the violence that have been taken out in the streets.

  • I got news for you.

  • It is not just because unarmed black men were being shot by police officers.

  • That was the tipping point.

  • What it really was about was a level of palpable frustration.

  • As black people that we feel every single day because we are marginalized, we are minimized.

  • We are demonized.

  • Onda.

  • We're constantly, constantly pigeonholed and held back to pave the way for white individuals with less experience, less qualifications to get a hand up and get opportunities that we've gotta work our entire careers toe hope we get a shot from I'm not knocking Steve Nash for this.

  • This is not his fault.

  • I'm not knocking Sean Marks for this.

  • This is not his fault.

  • His job is toe running the Brooklyn Nets, but I'm looking at a k D.

  • I'm looking at a Kyrie.

  • They signed off on this.

  • I understand it there trying to win.

  • I get all of that.

  • But damn in these times with what's been going on in the streets of America and what we've been crying for and what have you to see an opportunity like this not go toe one of those qualified African Americans coaching in the n.

  • B.

  • A.

  • I'm sorry.

  • It's just I feel a little bit salty about it, although I'm very happy.

  • Steve Nash.

  • Well, well.

  • Look, Steve, I heard what you said earlier, and I'm glad you brought it up again.

  • My only issue is this right.

  • I feel your exact pain, and I know exactly what you're talking about.

  • But sometimes it is about basketball, right?

  • When I look at the other jobs that are open, there's the pelicans.

  • There's a 76 years there's a Chicago.

  • There's a lot of jobs open now.

  • You just gave all the reasons why Steve Nash should get this opportunity.

  • But then you bring it back to you, bring it back to race now?

  • I think that's a bit unfair.

  • I believe that's unfair because of this.

  • Jason Kidd, Hall of Fame point guard, got a job right after he retired.

  • Derek Fisher, one of the most respected guys in the history of this league, 20 years, five championship.

  • Got a job as soon as he retired.

  • So same point guard, same thing.

  • But with then we turn this now.

  • Are there more qualified individuals that have put time in?

  • Yes, there are whether it's Tyler who's won a championship.

  • Sam Cassell, that's been there for that's been under Doc for multiple years.

  • You know, Coach Physio.

  • There are multiple other people that also are a part of that pool.

  • But when you give this job to Steve Nash and he's a two time M V P multiple, multiple time All Star, first time Hall of Famer, I don't think this is about race.

  • I feel the pain.

  • I feel the pain for my brothers that are out there trying to get jobs.

  • But I also want to make sure that we're keeping this somewhat fair, even though it's not fair for us.

  • We can't demonize or put Sean Marks and Steve Nash in these positions When this man got signed off by everybody by this two best players and then, you know, he gets an opportunity.

  • And we have other examples of high level point guards Hall of Fame level point guards getting the same opportunity with very, very little experience.

  • Right, So you Well, first of all, I didn't push your Marxist Nash in that position.

  • I didn't wait a minute.

  • I didn't say that.

  • Sean Marks on them.

  • I say this about race and I didn't put them in that position.

  • I'm telling you how I feel about it.

  • I feel about and that's fair that that that that is fair, how you feel.

  • I feel the same way.

  • But when you I personally feel when you start to put it this way, then it becomes about something a little bit different.

  • I feel the pain.

  • David Fizdale knows that I am an advocate for this man trying to get a job.

  • Mark Jackson, T.

  • Lou, I want a championship with, But when I see that Steve Nash higher and then I and then and then all of a sudden there stuff about race.

  • I just think that that is a and it's not on Sean and it's not on Steve.

  • You said you're happy for Steve.

  • You think Sean marks a job to do it?

  • But the pain there are still multiple jobs out there.

  • So that's the Onley portion of it that I feel little bit.

  • You know, I disagree with you a little bit because I feel like there's been other brothers, you know, black individuals that have got those jobs right after.

  • That's just my opinion.

  • Okay?

  • Okay, Coach.

  • Well, you know, I hear what both you guys are saying.

  • I'm gonna take a little different approach and just talk about it from a coaching standpoint and a fit standpoint, I think it's a great fit.

  • I think Steve Nash is the kind of guy that Kyrie Urban can really take information from and feel non threatened.

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