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Steve Nash: ‘We’re trying to contend and win a championship’

Steve Nash Introduced by the Brooklyn Nets - Portraits Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images

In an appearance on ESPN’s Draft Night programming, Steve Nash once again didn’t back down when asked what the Nets goal is this season.

“Well, we’re trying to contend and win a championship,” Nash said. “I think this is something that we’re not going to shy away from. We realize that there’s a long path towards that and we have to take this process and build a team that is cohesive, connected has an incredible spirit because it’s not just all about the names on the roster — it’s about how we compete together.

“So I think that’s first and foremost on all of our minds — how do we build a team and a spirit that’s willing to compete? It’s so competitive at the to end of the league and try to get over the hump. We realize it’s going to take time, it’s going to take patience, it’s going to take a lot of hard work.”

Nash also reiterated that he’s leaning heavily on a veteran coaching staff including lead assistant Jacque Vaughn and his mentor and veteran NBA head coach Mike D’Antoni as well as holdovers and new hires like Ime Udoka and Royal Ivey. Nash, working with Sean Marks, has assembled one of the league’s largest staffs.

“You’re going to have to ask me that in a few months,” Nash said when asked what he anticipated would be his biggest challenge. “But at this point, I think ... I’m trying to get myself up to speed. Fortunately, I have an incredible support system here at the Nets, coaching staff, all of the departments are incredibly mature and well thought out. So I’ve got tons of support. I’m learning every day and, hopefully, I can add a lot from my experience and acumen to the game.”

Nash couldn’t discuss the Nets trade for Landry Shamet which will not become official until Sunday.