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Mike D'Antoni steps down as Nets assistant coach

Two-time NBA Coach of the Year reportedly will continue to explore future head coaching opportunities.

Associated Press

Steve Nash’s transition to head coach was made easier by the presence of two-time NBA Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike D’Antoni is leaving the Brooklyn Nets, forcing Steve Nash to make another change on his coaching staff.

Nash announced the 70-year-old D’Antoni’s decision in a statement Wednesday, saying having the two-time Coach of the Year was “invaluable” in his first season as a coach.

D’Antoni won the 2005 Coach of the Year award in Phoenix when Nash was his point guard, then another in Houston in 2017. He has long been regarded as one of the NBA’s best offensive coaches and helped the Nets reach the second round of the playoffs, where they lost to eventual champion Milwaukee in seven games.

The Nets already lost one assistant this offseason when Ime Udoka left to become Boston Celtics coach. David Vanterpool was hired to replace him.

D’Antoni is expected to pursue head coaching jobs in the future, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.