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Report: Suns interested in Nash as head coach

Posted at 3:02 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 18:56:24-05

The Phoenix Suns are reportedly interested in bringing back two-time MVP Steve Nash -- this time, as a head coach.

Nash, who retired from the NBA last season, is reportedly high on the list of owner Robert Sarver's potential replacements for Jeff Hornacek, whom the Suns fired as head coach Monday.

The bad news: Nash "is not ready to entertain the thought of a head-coaching position or even an assistant's role at this juncture," ESPN reported.

See also: Suns tag Earl Watson as interim head coach

The report said the 41-year-old former point guard will "focus on fatherhood and his various off-court interests in addition to a part-time consulting role he took on at the start of the season with the Golden State Warriors."

Nash was the Suns' first-round draft pick in 1996 and spent 10 seasons in Phoenix. He led the Suns to three Western Conference Finals appearances and was named NBA MVP in 2005 and '06, and he was inducted into the Suns' Ring of Honor on Oct. 30.

"When you just retire, you want to have some time probably with your family and do what you want to do, and if you get into coaching, you get no time," said Dan Majerle, a Suns assistant coach during Nash's final four seasons in the Valley.

"Coaching is a full-time job. It consumes you, if you're going to be good at it. Steve's a bright, talented guy who's got a lot of different interests. I'm sure he probably wants to take a little time for himself."

See also: Dan Majerle talks about the Suns' firing of former teammate Jeff Hornacek