Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash is coming to the conclusion that his Hall-of-Fame-caliber career in the league may be coming to an end. Nash has been reluctant to admit that his time might be done, but appears to be taking a realistic point of view heading into the last game of the season.
Although Nash won’t play in the season finale against the San Antonio Spurs, the veteran point guard fielded a few questions about a number of different topics a few hours before tipoff. One of those questions referred to who he believes is the best player to ever play his position and the answer wasn’t all that surprising.
According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Nash admits Isiah Thomas was his favorite, but Laker legend Magic Johnson is the greatest:
Steve Nash: "I think @MagicJohnson has to be the greatest PG. My favorite was Isiah Thomas, because I knew I was never going to be Magic."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 16, 2014
With Thomas being closer in a size to Nash, the veteran point guard choosing the former Detroit Pistons legend as his favorite makes sense in a way. Nash can probably relate more to Thomas in comparison to the 6’9″ five-time champ.
As for style of play, Nash definitely seems to have more of a Magic kind of flavor to his game. Nash gets everyone involved on the floor in the same way that Magic did back in the Showtime era of the Lakers. Both players possess the pass-first mentality and were second to none in their prime of their careers at the point guard position.
Hopefully, Nash won’t go out the same way that Magic did in terms of having to end his career for health reasons. Although it is difficult to call someone at 40 ending their career prematurely, Nash may still have something left if able to get healthy over the off-season and could provide stability in the backcourt next season for the Lakers.
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