Ten seasons ago, Steve Nash was a top Mav.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, Nash may play (still uncertain, depending on the extent of the nerve damage to his left leg) against a few of his former teammates when Dallas hosts his Los Angeles Lakers. These players include my Tipoff Trio: power forward Dirk Nowitzki, small forward Shawn Marion and guard/forward Vince Carter.
International ballers South Africa-born, Canada-raised Nash and German Nowitzki hit it off on the hardwood and off the court right away and have since remained friends. Nash, who already was a seasoned player by the time Nowitzki joined the league in 1998-99, took the rookie under his wing.
Following Nash’s time with the Mavs he played alongside Marion, a.k.a. “The Matrix,” in Phoenix. Carter also had a brief stint as a Sun with Nash during the 2010-11 season. Ironically, Carter had the alias “Air Canada” when he played for the Toronto Raptors, the NBA team set in Nash’s native country.
Whether Nash will play still is questionable because his left leg sustained a fracture. He played on Sunday when the Atlanta Hawks visited Los Angeles, where he scored 13 points, the same “lucky number” as his jerseys for Dallas and Phoenix. (He is No. 10 with the Lakers now).
As the oldest player in the league at 39, Nash still has some game left in him. Whether he keeps his projected role in the starting lineup or has to sit this one out, the Mavs are ready to take on the Lakers, who are coached by Marion’s former Suns coach, Mike D’Antoni.
Maybe I should whip out my Nowitzki-Nash bobble head-collectible and rub Nowitzki’s for good luck like I used to. Then again, Dallas does not need luck. The Mavericks, as championship contenders, can take a challenge because these forces to be reckoned with have the will and the skill.