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Flashback Friday: Steve Nash Acquired By Lakers On July 4, 2012

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As the Los Angeles Lakers continue their chase for Carmelo Anthony and other free agents, Friday marks the two year anniversary of when the team traded for Steve Nash in a sign and trade.

At the time of the trade, there were few who could find fault with the move. The Lakers were in need of a point guard and by landing Nash, the Lakers found themselves with a two-time league MVP and one of the game’s greatest passers.

Despite his impressive resume, Nash came with health issues. During his last years with the Suns, back issues bothered Nash and needed to be treated in order for him to stay on the court. The Suns were not the competitive team that Nash helped lead years before. By going to the Lakers, Nash found a chance to contend for the NBA title that had eluded him before.

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However, over the course the last two seasons, Nash has only appeared in 65 regular season games as injuries kept him sidelined. In his second regular season game as a Laker, he suffered a knee injury when he ran into Damian Lillard. Coupled with his problematic back, Nash’s Laker career has been marred with his inability to play.

Still, Nash has provided some memorable moments as a member of the Lakers. This season, he celebrated his 40th birthday by leading the Lakers to a win over the Philadelphia 76ers by scoring a season-high 19 points.

In April, Nash passed Mark Jackson for third on the all-time assists list with 13,335. What Nash could still bring as a Laker is to be questioned as injuries and time continue to be going against him. The 2014-15 season will be the last of the contract he signed two years ago.
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  • Srdjan

    On this day: Lakers acquired regret

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  • rival

    They should of titled this article, worst day in laker history

    • hookedonnews

      Seriously? I can think of 100 days in Laker history that were worse. Kobe’s Achilles tear comes to mind along with the death of Dr. Buss. The idea that this was some devastating blow to the franchise is beyond an exaggeration.

    • Al Haldie

      I Have yet too hear someone to get rid of KOBE because he got hurt – so why such a big deal about NASH – get of his back – he was hurt – so get over yourself

    • J King

      I guess there are a lot of guys still in love with Nash who is the forged two time mvp. Seriously..? Did he win any ring? SU!

      He’s a big headache for the Lakers.. that’s for sure.

  • Redemption4LA

    Looking back at this flash back just gave me whiplash…s-t-r-eeee-t-c-h..p-r-oooo-v-i-s-i-o-n PLEASE!!! It would just be business, not personal..I know he is “the great” Steve Nash, but he hasn’t even come close to earning his stripes as a laker..just cut ties, he gets his $$$ and L.A. Can move on.

    • rival

      Only if we need to tho. If we don’t I would rather keep him and get rid of his ass once and for all at the end of the session

      • Redemption4LA

        Yes, your right, I agree. When you look at the big picture L.A. Might just have to wait this out. Injuries happen an they are a part of the game, so it’s to no fault of his own. All he did was sign the contract management gave him, and considering all the factors we all always bring up they should have known better than to invest so carelessly…your right though, they have to be patient..I’m just very anxious to get rid of him an maybe use that $$$ saved on a player who can give a more quality return.

  • FUCK steve nash

    One of the worst days in Laker history, right up there with the day Magic retired. .

    • Ray-Marcus

      lmao

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    How quickly we forget that the Lakers were instant favorites to meet the Heat in the Finals after acquiring Nash. The injuries that came later could not have been predicted.

    • rival

      Being favorites doesn’t really mean anything does it? Of course we didn’t know about his injures but it doesn’t change the fact that it was a terrible decision. Other things could of been considered tho like his decline his age his lack of defence……

      • Gekko

        I disagree. You can make the right decision and not have the expected outcome. For instance, we can enter an agreement that we will flip coins until one of us goes broke. Every time I Lose, I give you $100 and every time you lose you only give me $1. Most people would see that as a great deal and the decision to go for it was the right decision. However, if you go broke it would not be the expected outcome for obvious reasons. I think the signing of Steve Nash was similar. He had a sore back, but we have read a bunch of stories about basketball players with a nagging injury (see Randle’s foot). Predicting he would go downhill that fast, just wasn’t on anyone’s radar. A pick and roll combo with one of the top PG’s at the time and Dwight Howard seems pretty good. Not to mention Pau and Kobe. I see the entire Dwight Howard and Steve Nash things as Good decisions each with bad outcomes. However, that is all over and I believe the bad days are behind us.

        • nokeys

          Thats how a smart fan looks at it. Hindsight is 20/20, prior to this trade Nash almost singlehandedly led a bad looking Suns team to the playoffs. The season before he had no real signs of nagging injuries and was still a star player. It happens a lot when people change locations as they get older, and maybe we should’ve looked at that. But at the same time, we got Dwight Howard who turned out to be an even bigger disaster to us roster-wise, and that was like 4 years in the making.

    • kookiebuger

      Well it wasn’t wise trading away 4 draft picks for a 38 point guard but I guess we we’re all hyped about getting Dwight that we threw out logic in this Nash trade.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        The first two picks have already proven to be meaningless. I don’t know anything about Johnny O’Bryant, but I’d venture that he would be a third meaningless pick. There’s only one left, and I’d rather have the potential everyone envisioned with Nash over those four picks. You want to know why the Lakers have always been willing to give away draft picks? Because there’s almost no chance of finding quality players at the end of the first and second rounds.

        • kookiebuger

          Of course you can find a quality late 1st round picks it’s just a matter of luck and developing them. Eric Bledsoe taken 18th, Reggie Jackson taken 24th, Jimmy Butler taken 30th, Faried 22nd, Gibson 26th, Jrue Holiday 17th,etc.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            You named six players from several different drafts. What about the other 45 non-lottery picks that are picked every single season? Most of them are out of the league within 2 years.

          • kookiebuger

            It’s like I said it takes a bit of luck and the team actually needs to try and develop them.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            And the Lakers would rather have proven players than bank on “a bit of luck.”

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I just picked a random draft class–went with the 2004 class since it was 10 years ago. Of the last 45 picks in that draft (all non-lottery picks), only 10 players are still in the NBA. 35/45 are out of the league, and I’ve never even heard of half of them.

    • matt

      Nerve root damage isn’t an injury that suddenly pops up. The Lakers obviously didn’t do their homework well before this trade. The Suns were all too eager to make this trade happen and now we know why.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Everything I’ve seen says it was complicated by the broken knee. If Damian Lillard hadn’t been so eager defending Nash on that one meaningless play, we might be looking at extra banners right now.

      • hookedonnews

        The nerve root damage wasn’t present until he broke his leg against Portland. The break was in the joint (an unusual place for a break). That is what caused all this. If you will take a look at how many games Nash missed in his last few years in Phoenix you will find that they were very few. No one can hide something like this. It’s pretty obvious when you are playing on one leg. The Suns were eager to make the trade because Nash could have walked away and left them with nothing. He was a free agent. They were ready to rebuild and go younger and only agreed to the deal because of their respect for Steve Nash. It allowed him to get a better deal from the Lakers and worked out pretty well for them, too. But for that collision with Lilliard it could have been a great deal for the Lakers also.

        • J King

          Are you really that naive?

          • hookedonnews

            Naive about what? Everything I said is well-documented. You don’t play like Nash played in Phoenix with the kind of issues he has had since he broke his leg. It’s not rocket science.

        • Lamda

          The nerve damage is an old issue…it’s why Cuban didn’t resign him.

          • hookedonnews

            Sorry, but that is not the case. He thought Nash’s body would break down because of his congenital back problem and the pace at which he played. That was just before he won back-to-pace MVPs and 10 years ago. Cuban has since admitted he made a mistake. There was no nerve root issue.

      • J King

        I’d second that.

    • DDub

      So now that the injuries keep coming up and you can’t stay on the floor but once a week and then you have to sit out. Just retire and give that spot up, so the team can improve because rt now he is in the way and a liability.

  • afs

    I hope Nash can be a mentor for Clarkson while we still have him.

    • J King

      I doubt he wants to be anyone’s mentor at this point.

      • afs

        Nash is a class act and veteran. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. I believe he was one of the key reasons Blake blossomed nicely.

        • DDub

          Class would be accepting that fact that you don’t have it in your body anymore and quit holding the team hostage, and retire.

          • afs

            Yea, it’s definitely unfortunate that Nash’s body is failing him. He definitely wanted to help the Lakers win games. But honestly, I know it’s pricy, but if Nash doesn’t retire and we don’t get a Lebron or Melo THIS year, I say we keep him. Nash is a strong leader and role model, and that will never be taken away from him no matter how old he is.

          • nokeys

            His going back to Phoenix I bet for a office job or something after next season.

    • DDub

      I hope Nash will be off the roster and someone else will have that spot.Clarkson will take his lumps and learn anyway, get rid of Nash.

  • Andy L

    This is like one of those dreaded flashbacks former drug addicts talk about…

  • roseducanna

    Nasty.

  • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

    Mitch should celebrate the anniversary by trading him today.

  • DKWTTY

    Not something we should be celebrating.

  • hookedonnews

    Your description of the health issues of Nash are wrong on all points. His back rarely ever kept him off the court in Phoenix. It’s a congenital condition that makes his back tend to stiffen up. That’s the reason for lying on the floor instead of sitting when he’s not on the court. His last season in Phoenix he was healthy and missed about 4 games (2 of them just resting on a back-to-back during a strike-shortened season with a nightmare schedule). He came to the Lakers off an All-Star season where he led the league in total assists with a mediocre team around him. The broken leg in that game against Portland changed his entire career because it caused nerve issues that have been the reason for the missed games after he returned from the broken leg. He came back too soon at the beginning of this season and tried to play before he was ready. No one could have foreseen anything like this because Nash is a health-nut who never eats junk food and stays in better shape than guys half his age. It’s been a major disappointment for him and for Laker fans who had their hopes for a big 3 (or 4) shattered by his injury, the health of Gasol, Howard’s immaturity, and finally Kobe’s 2 devastating injuries. I hope he can finish his career in LA reasonably healthy (if he’s not traded or waived). The career of a great player shouldn’t end this way.

    • J King

      What are you trying to prove? You don’t know anything at all. Your comments hold no points.

      • hookedonnews

        Just setting the record straight. Not trying to prove anything and don’t claim to know it all, but there are some things that I do know about because I take the time to listen to players & coaches and do a lot of reading about the NBA and the Lakers. I have also followed the career of Steve Nash for a number of years. My point was that “a knee injury and his problematic back” was not an accurate description of what has gone on with Nash since he came to the Lakers and the same goes for his characterizations of Nash in Phoenix. What I said is what Nash and those close to him have said about those issues and what I’ve witnessed myself. Not sure what your objections are to my comments, but feel free to ignore them. I try not to annoy people, but I don’t always succeed.

      • nokeys

        His actually right and everything he says is a fact (at least about Nash). Basketball (and to a greater extent Laker) “fans” need to understand this and stop getting their panties tied up about trading for this guy.

  • fuck nash man

    on the anniverary of the worst day in the last decade of my Laker life, they should stretch provision him or dump his contract to philly and I dont care if we have to give a future first. For fucks sake, Nash is playing soccer right now,
    rather than conditioning his back for next season.

    • DDub

      Future first, the suns gave them all already.

  • fuck nash man

    Here is my happy anniversary gift for you Steve:

    FUCK YOU

  • Lamda

    I never thought it was a good idea. They should’ve grabbed dragic as a free agent that summer for $2 mil a year less and they wouldn’t have given up draft picks. Worst signing ever.

  • J King

    I will send an assassin.

  • iEATcelticBabies

    lots of fake laker fans hating on steve nash… but these same bandwagon fakes where moist in the asshole for him when he was signed…

    • Lamda

      My initial reaction was “that’s a blockbuster deal…in 2006″…never once did I think it was a good idea to pay aging pg who played shitty d when they were young 10 mil a year for 3 years. They got too caught up in signing a name as a buffer between kobe and dwight instead of betting on young talent like dragic (signed as a FA that same summer for $7.5 or Lowry). Nash will go down as the worst Lakers signing ever…he should’ve been medically retired last year after that game against philly. Thank MDA for that one.

      • iEATcelticBabies

        i’d argue D’antoni being the worse thing that happened to the lakers…i agree, nash was tore up in phx

        • hookedonnews

          Have you ever watched a Suns game? They do play the Lakers a few times a year. Nash was healthy when he left Phoenix and was coming off a very good season. They give players a physical when they sign them. I think if he was having a problem running down the court they would have noticed. A lot of Suns fans were livid that Nash went to the Lakers. If he was finished they would not have cared.

    • DDub

      Not me , he was already old and you knew when the suns were willing to trade an all time franchise player at that age, that was a red flag.

  • junjay32

    please Trade NASH to a point guard who have a minimum salary and not much popular and on court player. To have a space cap and chance to sign young guards like ERIC BLEDSOE or ISIAH THOMAS or RODNEY STUCKEY

  • DDub

    One of the worst trades in laker history, they were beat up by a use car salesman, he gave them a run down car for premium price, all those first round picks and you over paid Nash, set the Lakers back for years.And now they are trying to compound the problems by wasting time going after melo and lebron, its time to build from scratch, start with Randle add some quality players at reasonable contracts and go from there or continue to be everyones butt of jokes.

  • CORKY CARROLL

    Gee, thanks for the reminder….. what a STUPID time to post this. Get a clue.

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