NBA: Nets coach Steve Nash enters COVID protocol

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Mar 01 2022 09:17 AM

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash reacts during the first half of the NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 10 December 2021. Erik S. Lesser, EPA-EFE
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash reacts during the first half of the NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 10 December 2021. Erik S. Lesser, EPA-EFE

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash entered the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocol Monday evening, shortly before the Nets hosted the Toronto Raptors.

Longtime Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn, also a former head coach with the Orlando Magic, took over head-coaching duties in Nash's absence. It's unknown how much time Nash will miss.

Nash spoke to reporters before the game and indicated he likely returned a positive test close to game time. In his second season as head coach, Nash has an 80-53 regular-season record. 

The Nets lost in seven games to the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

The Nets, who began the night eighth in the East at 32-29, began a home-and-home with seventh-place Toronto (32-27) on Monday. They'll play at the Raptors on Tuesday night.