Editor's note: The above video is from Stephen Curry's MVP press conference back on May 4.
After a two-decade absence, retired NBA point guard Steve Nash is on the brink of returning to the Bay Area.
The Santa Clara University product will be joining the Warriors as a part-time assistant on the staff led by head coach Steve Kerr, league sources confirmed to CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.
Though the deal is not finalized, Nash in his role will spend time working with players on the Warriors but not always traveling with the team.
Such a move, first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein, makes perfect sense.
Kerr did not make an outside staff hire after associate head coach Alvin Gentry left in June to become head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. Kerr instead promoted assistants Luke Walton and Jarron Collins. Nash, 41, would seem an ideal addition.
Kerr has been around the NBA for more than a quarter century and insists he’s never met anyone more devoted to the game than Nash, who was a member of the Suns when Kerr was the general manager in Phoenix from 2007-2010.
Furthermore, Warriors star Stephen Curry often cites Nash as one of the major influences on his style of play as a point guard.
"He's a guy that I looked up to heavily when I was in college and studied a lot going into my NBA career," Curry said back in October, after learning that Nash would miss the entire 2014-15 season. "There are a lot of similarities in how we play the game. But he changed a lot about the way the point guard position is played. And, obviously, with two MVPs, he got it done after not really being known coming out of college."
Nash, 41, announced his retirement in May. Though he grew up in Canada, he spent four years at Santa Clara before being selected 15th overall by Phoenix in the 1996 NBA draft.
Nash, a member of the Lakers when he retired, had most recently taken on the role of tutor for Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson.
At Curry's MVP press conference on May 4, Kerr explained how Curry and Nash are similar and different.
“He’s (Curry) a little different from Steve in that he really sees the game first as a shooter and as a flamethrower,” Kerr said. “Steve saw the game first as a passer and a playmaker, but the similarity is that each one has both the playmaking skills and the shooting skills. They can use one to enhance the other, and vice versa.
“But, in terms of the physical stature, to be able to win the MVP at 6-3, 185 pounds like Steph and Steve have both done – Steve set the tone, and allowed for this to happen for Steph.”