Report: Nash, D'Antoni pioneered game showing up on championship teams

Mike D'Antoni ran an uptempo, guard-driven offense with Steve Nash running the show when the two were together in Phoenix. Now many teams, like the Golden State Warriors, are running that offensive system and winning a lot of games. From Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star:

    "They became the No. 1-ranked offensive team in the NBA this year under Steve Kerr, who emphasized passing, spacing and shooting, and brought in former Suns assistant and head coach Alvin Gentry as his lead assistant. And as recorded by Ethan Strauss, in the moments after the Warriors won Game 6, Gentry yelled out, 'Tell Mike D’Antoni he’s vindicated! We just kicked everyone’s ass playing the way everybody complained about!' In other words, the revolution that Nash started in Phoenix -- echoing previous attempts by Don Nelson with the Warriors in the 1990s -- came full circle a week ago in Cleveland. ... Those Suns were a fond memory for most, but were derided and dismissed, too. When Nash’s Phoenix teams were put together by then-GM Bryan Colangelo in 2004, they were a revolution. Under head coach Mike D’Antoni, they played fast, played small, spaced the floor, and led the league in offensive efficiency from 2005 to 2010. They were awesome. They didn’t win a title. And the game’s traditionalists said, I told you so."