Last night the Lakers took on the Utah Jazz and Steve Nash, once again, couldn’t make it through the game. Nash, 40, played 17 unremarkable minutes in the Lakers loss and left after experience discomfort in his leg and back. After the game Mike D’Antoni addressed Nash’s healthy status and called him “day-to-day” after his back and legs got “fired up”.
Let’s make one thing very clear: Steve Nash is day-to-day for the rest of his career.
We all wish Nash would have been a bigger contributor to the Lakers during his time in Los Angeles but it’s just not going to happen. He is the oldest player in the NBA and his body is acting accordingly. He has only played in 60 of a possible 134 games for LA. I must admit this all makes me pretty sad. It’s really difficult to watch one of the greatest point guards of all-time struggle to dribble a ball down the court.
There has been a lot of talk about whether or not Nash should retire at the end of the season. While his body is probably telling him to hang ‘em up, his financial advisor is definitely pushing for him to play out his contract. Nash is set to earn $9.7 million in the 2014-15 season. Moreover, for the Lakers, Nash has now played in 10 games this season, which means that the possibility of the Lakers’ wiping his salary off their cap next season, due to medical reasons, is impossible.
In a year that has been so incredible fraught with injuries and unlucky bounces it’s no surprise to see Steve Nash go down once again. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the last game he plays for the Lakers this season. Nothing would surprise me at this point. The Lakers season entered the Tyson Zone a long time ago. Now we just have to sit back and accept anything that happens along the way.
Let’s just hope everything that happens improves our standing in the Tank Race.