Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash ticked off former coach Don Nelson so much for passing instead of shooting that he was mandated to make 10 field goal attempts per game in the early 2000s with the Dallas Mavericks.
"I threatened to fine him if he didn't," Nelson said, via ESPN. The former Mavs coach will introduce the two-time NBA MVP as a Hall of Famer on Friday when Nash's passing (ranking third all-time in assists) and shooting (43 percent from beyond the arc) will surely be referenced.
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Nash, a pass-first point guard at heart, said Nelson's tactics never turned him into a full-on scorer, but credited that offensive ignition to sparking his career in a Hall of Fame direction.
"My personality was to feed my teammates, and I loved getting in the seams and being creative and making the game fun for my teammates," Nash said. "But Nellie frankly said, 'That's (expletive). You're a better shooter than these guys. I want you shooting the ball.'
"Nellie (launched) my career in pushing me to be aggressive and score the ball. But I never took it to the heights that the numbers validate in today's day and age, where I probably should have shot the ball 20 times a game. It probably would have made a lot more sense."
Nelson added that in today's game, Nash would have measured up well against an era of offensively explosive point guards.
"He could have been right up there with Curry if he wanted to score more," Nelson said. "He had the same type of game, just a different mindset."
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