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Los Angeles Lakers: Steve Nash Should Have Been Amnestied, Not Metta World Peace

Steve Nash

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The Los Angeles Lakers used their amnesty on Metta World Peace this past offseason. They thought it was a great idea at the time, but seeing Steve Nash play and then not play this season should certainly make the Lakers think differently about their decision.

I understand Nash is 39-years-old and has bad wheels, but without Kobe Bryant on the court, he needs to step up in a big way. When the 2013-14 NBA season tipped off last night for the Lakers, they were able to defeat the division rival Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers were able to pull off the upset because of a huge game from Nash.

Oh wait, did Nash even play last night? I’m having a hard time remembering due to him not doing anything worth talking about from last night’s game. Three must have been Nash’s favorite number last night because he only shot three times, scored only three points and had three fouls and turnovers. He manged all that in just 21 minutes of play.

Now let’s turn our attention to tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors. If you’re wondering what kind of game Nash had, you can stop wondering because he sat out tonight’s game. Why? That’s a very good question that I don’t have the answer for.

If Nash isn’t able to play back-to-back games even when Kobe isn’t on the court, then what was the point of keeping him? At least with Metta, you knew what you were getting. World Peace would go out there and play hard every night. He may throw an elbow or two, but that comes with the territory. On top of all of that, he’d be the only person on the roster that actually knows how to play defense.

The fact Nash didn’t play in tonight’s game after only 21 minutes of action last night really tells the whole story. Gone are the days of dishing out 10 assists and popping fadeaways after getting a pick. Instead, welcome to the world of another overpaid veteran who expects everything to be handed to him when he no longer has the talent to do it himself.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at