Steve Nash has had a tough go of it over the past two years. He signed on with the Los Angles Lakers to win an NBA title, but after starting just 60 games in two seasons, the conversation is no longer about Nash’s pursuit of a title. The conversation is now about whether he’ll be able to physically continue his career.
After Nash’s milestone performance, and likely final game of the year on Tuesday night, the feeling is that he’s going to try and play out his contract with the Lakers and give it one more go — a farewell tour if you will.
As he pointed out following the game on Tuesday night, going into the offseason fully healthy would be a huge thing for him. Nash has been behind the eight ball ever since breaking his leg shortly after his team debut in 2012, and any kind of momentum he can get towards being healthy, is good momentum.
At 40-years of age, it seems unlikely that he could ever truly be 100 percent again. But if he’s going to have a shot at getting close, he has to sit out the rest of the way in 2014 and get some solid rest over the summer months.
The Lakers would be absolutely foolish to play him again this season. He’s now in sole possession of third place on the all-time assists list and there’s just no reason to risk getting him injured or aggravating his leg injury.
If there’s anyone who deserves a farewell tour, it’s Steve Nash. Regardless of your thoughts on the Lakers, the basketball fan in all of us should be rooting for him to return to form one last time next season.