Lakers News: D’Antoni Offers Praise And Reflects On Nash’s Career

Lakers News: D’Antoni Offers Praise And Reflects On Nash’s Career


Despite a disappointing two years as a Laker, Steve Nash passed Mark Jackson for third place on the NBA’s all-time assists list Tuesday night. Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni coached Nash for a good portion of his career in Phoenix.

According to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, D’Antoni praised Nash’s efforts this season and his first-half performance against the Houston Rockets:

In addition, D’Antoni mentioned that it’s too bad that everything has to come to an end, but Nash has had a great career:

On top of being one of the NBA’s best passers, Nash won two consecutive league MVP awards while playing under D’Antoni in Phoenix.

When Nash became a Laker, expectations were high. The Lakers made a coaching change five games into the 2012-13 season and reunited D’Antoni with Nash. Although Nash suffered an injury in his second game as a Laker, the thought of Nash running D’Antoni’s system excited many. The roster appeared to be a good fit with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.

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Unfortunately, Nash’s injury issues kept him sidelined for a majority of the season. He expected to come back strong at the beginning of this season, but continued to suffer from a nerve irritation.

As a result of missing a high amount of games, Nash has realized the reality that his career is near. During his historic night, he felt his nerve flare up again and is unlikely to return this season. He still has one year left on his contract, but it remains to be seen if he will ever recover from injury.
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  • independentbynature

    Without Nash,Antoni would never have gotten a 2nd coaching job in the NBA.He should offer praise.

    • Blocka

      Without D’Antoni Nash would never have won two MVPs in Phoenix… It was a win-win situation.

      • independentbynature

        Perhaps.More likely,had he stayed in Dallas with Dirk,he would’ve won a ring.Which do you think he would rather have?

        • Blocka

          I’m not sure, because I think that Don Nelson and Mike D’Antoni are pretty similiar coaches… They are good for RS but not good enough for playoffs. But maybe, who knows…

  • Magic Man

    Without prime Steve Nash honestly Mike D’Antoni would be a floundering nobody he was always like Steve Nash that’s my main guy he wins games for us and Nash is the best the 2 time MVP and one of the greatest players that’s my main guy without him nothing good could happen.Mike relied on Steve Nash far too heavily since they split ways he has proven he can’t win more than 25-35 games in a season in New York and Los Angeles last season he had a semi healthy Nash and this season a injured washed up very old Nash it’s over for D’Antoni.He is gone.