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Nets coach Steve Nash adds Phoenix Suns teammate Amar'e Stoudemire to staff in Brooklyn

Lottery prospect Deni Avdija has seen firsthand Amar'e Stoudemire encourage and help talent grow and develop.

"Amar'e as a teammate was great, great man," Avdija said during Zoom media interviews last month. "Has a lot of patience with young guys. Really wants the young guys to improve."

He'll take on a similar role with a familiar face – Steve Nash.

The first-time head coach has added his former All-Star teammate in Phoenix as an assistant with a focus on player development, The Athletic reported.

Nash and Stoudemire were the 1-2 punch during Phoenix's great run in the 2000s under Mike D'Antoni.