Aging Los Angeles Lakers points guard Steve Nash hasn’t played a game since November 10 and was largely ineffective before that. At this point it’s unknown when, or even if Nash will take the court again. It would be a sad way to see the future Hall of Fame inductee end his career. Meanwhile, Steve Blake continues to fill in admirably for the Lakers. Nash is suffering from multiple injuries with the most problematic being his back and the pain continues to keep him from playing. If at some point Nash is able to return to the court it will be in a limited fashion, one can’t help but wonder if it simply is time for the 39 year old guard to hang up his Jordans.
Nash was drafted in round one with the 15th pick by the Phoenix Suns in 1996. The same year Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” was a No. 1 hit and Ebay had just been launched, to give some perspective on how long ago this was. He has played 37,891 minutes in the NBA, and his body is simply breaking down from the wear and tear of a long career. Nash is a two time MVP in 2005 and 2006 while playing with the Suns and has been named a NBA All-Star eight times in his fairly illustrious career. The one thing he is missing —the thing he went to Los Angeles to chase — is an NBA Finals victory, and the Lakers are at the very least a year away from being a Championship contending team again as they’ll be in a fight to make the playoffs this year.
For now all we can do is wait and see as there is no timetable for a return. Nash will never be the star he once was, but it would be a shame to see his career end this way.
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