Originally written on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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When Mike D’Antoni was the bench boss of the Phoenix Suns, he was named NBA Coach Of The Year, in his first full campaign with the organization. The key to the coach’s and his squad’s success came from a helter-skelter, fast-break offense labeled “Seven Seconds Or Less” by the coach. The player that made that style work for Phoenix, was point guard Steve Nash; who returned to his former team after a stint with the Dallas Mavericks; the summer before the Suns coach won the award. Nash led Phoenix to the Western Conference Finals in 2005 and 2006, but the team would fall short of getting into the Post Season round, that awarded the victor the Larry O’Brien Trophy. D’Antoni and Nash, parted ways in the Spring of 2008, as the coach and new Suns Team President Steve Kerr, differed on basketball philosophy. Kerr wanted to play a more defensive game, while the coach only cared about outscoring his opponent by one point at the conclusion of the contest. The coach was given permission for hi...
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