(Copped from my Silver Screen & Roll piece yesterday. Dig it!)
Did you know Steve Nash is a Laker?
It's been five and a half months since he stunned the hoops world and signed with his once-upon-a-time rival Lakers. It's been almost two months since Portland point guard Damian Lillard
assassinated his fibula with a perfectly placed knee. After all the
anticipation, Steve Nash will finally return to the court, presumably on
Christmas day against the New York Knicks.
Though he's played in eight preseason contests, the point guard has
started a scant two games this season, totaling 50 minutes and resulting
in zero wins. Steve Nash has been a Laker since July, but he's appeared
so little on the court in a Lakers uniform, it's still shocking to see
him in purple and gold. He's only missed 24 games, but it feels so much
longer than that. Since Nash has been out, the Lakers are on their third
coach, have played under-.500 ball and of course, started three
different players at point guard.
Nash's three understudies have been the punctuation mark on the
roaring sentiment that a competent starting point guard is needed to run
Mike D'Antoni's system. Lakers fans have gotten far more time than
expected to observe and dissect the Lakers back-up point guards, and the
grades are in: none of them are particularly gifted. Overall, anyway.
(Peep the rest over at SS&R)