Steve Nash was a surprising inclusion in every NBA news update from a few days ago when the Brooklyn Nets announced that they had hired the former MVP as their head coach. Nash had no prior coaching experience so the decision led to a slew of arguments both against and in favor of the same.
One comment that struck a chord with many was that of Stephen A Smith who called the situation a case of white privilege. Steve Nash has now addressed the topic.
Nash made an appearance on tonight's Inside the NBA show and spoke to Ernie Johnson who inquired him about his hiring and how many considered that he got the opportunity because of his color. He started by agreeing that white privilege exists.
"First of all, white privilege is real and it is something that exists and I think as white people we have to accept that. We don't have to pay necessarily for the sins of our forefathers but we can change and we can be a part of change going forward so I think it's important to recognize that."
Steve Nash then spoke about how he became the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and credited that to his achievements as a player.
"First of all jumping the line and white privilege are two different issues. I think the white privilege argument isn't really contextual to this situation because of the career, the unique position I was in leading NBA teams for 18 years, the insight I gathered from being head of teams."
NBA News Update: Shaq asks Steve Nash to show MVP awards that he "stole"
You can always expect Shaquille O'Neal to come up with a tongue-in-cheek argument. While speaking to Steve Nash, Shaq had the following to say:
"If you're at your house can you show me one of those MVP trophies that you stole from me?"
It is nothing more than a light remark from Shaq but it must be pointed out that not every NBA fan was happy with the results of the 2004-05 MVP race. Steve Nash was awarded the trophy in 2005 despite Amar'e Stoudemire probably being the better player on the Phoenix Suns that year.
Shaquille O'Neal was considered the MVP favorite that year. It was his first season with the Miami Heat and he led the team to the top of the Eastern Conference while averaging 22.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.