Steve Nash entered an exclusive group of players last night when he dished out his 10,000th assist during the loss to the Houston Rockets.
The night started off with Nash requiring five assists to reach the landmark, and with 29.1 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Nash set up Antawn Jamison with a jumper that helped the Lakers to a 62-59 lead at the half, despite playing without Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill.
Nash becomes only the fifth player in the history of the NBA to achieve such a prestigious accomplishment, joining the list of Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson.
But despite Nash’s historic contributions, it was yet another disappointing defeat for the Los Angeles Lakers. Nash admits that victories are all that are on his mind right now.
“It’s really hard to enjoy it right now,” Nash said of the assists, “I don’t want to discredit it or not appreciate the company I share in this milestone, but right now it’s the farthest thing from my mind. We’re just trying to find a way to win one game.”
Nash averages 8.6 assists a game and as well as being a terrific passer, he is an extremely competent shooter. He is shooting 49.1% from the field, 42.8% from three and 90.4% from the line on his career.
Heading into the game against the Rockets, Nash shot 52.9% from the field and 40.9% from three point range, and has yet to miss a free throw.
Nash’s achievement deserves all the plaudits that will come his way in what has been an extremely exciting journey to where he is right now. Despite the achievement, Nash will be far happier when he embarks on his next 1,000 assists if the Lakers can start producing wins.