Steve Nash must take the keys and drive the Los Angeles Lakers‘ offense next season.
He cannot play shooting guard to Kobe Bryant‘s point guard anymore. We all seen how Bryant literally wore down last season. Bryant handled the basketball too much and Nash needs to recognize that and make the necessary adjustments this offseason to ensure that never happens again.
Nash is one of the best play makers the NBA has ever seen. He can still play at a high level even though he will be turning 40 very soon. He needs to be himself on the court and get others involved, period.
If the Lakers re-sign Dwight Howard, then that must mean that they will be playing inside-out more than last season , even if Mike D’Antoni is still head coach. Nash running the show can help take Howard’s game to the next level by getting him easier shots around the rim.
Nash can help Pau Gasol get back to what he once was as well. Gasol finished last season very well with a few triple-doubles, so as long as his health is good, Gasol can really be a dangerous piece in the Lakers’ offense. If Nash and Gasol form chemistry on the court, then opposing teams might just be in trouble.
The key to Nash feeling comfortable enough to run the Lakers’ offense is his own physical health. Nash fought injuries all last season and never seemed to be himself on the court. Now with a summer to get some rest and heal up, Nash should be ready show the world that he still has plenty left in the tank.