When the Lakers traded for Steve Nash two years ago, they believed they had solidified their point guard position for the next three seasons. Obviously, that was not the case.
After two injury plagued seasons, Nash enters his final season hoping to salvage one good year with the Lakers. According to the OC Register’s Bill Oram, Byron Scott believes Nash looks great, but a starting position is not guaranteed:
Byron on Steve Nash: He's in the gym every morning, says he feels better than he's ever felt over the last two years. Unsure if Nash starts
— Bill Oram (@bill_oram) September 10, 2014
This is a slight contrast to what Scott said earlier when he said Nash, along with Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer, and Jordan Hill were likely to be starters right now. Though he did say that training camp will determine the final lineup.
It looks as if there will basically be an open competition for the point guard spot between Nash and Jeremy Lin. With Nash’s health always a question, and Scott expecting toughness and defense, Lin seems to be a better fit in the starting lineup.
Whether or not Nash starts is irrelevant at this point. Fans would simply like to see the two-time MVP contribute regularly to the team, which he has been unable to do since his arrival. If he is able to do that, it will be a victory for him and the fans.
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