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The Old Man And The Court

Fish, I will stay with you until I am dead – Santiago, “The Old Man and the Sea”

21 days. That’s how long it’s been since Steve Nash has taken the court as an NBA player. If that doesn’t sound like very much time, that’s because it isn’t, not over the course of an 82-game season or an 18-year career. That’s nothing, a small inconvenience, a brief injury, a blip. But then you consider what happened before those 21 days, that Nash came back from a much longer absence and managed just four games before his body broke down again, that he has played just 10 times for the Lakers all season … and those 21 days begin to seem much longer. The games he played were the blip.

You can’t help but feel sorry for Nash when you consider what he’s been through the past two seasons. His arrival in Los Angeles was marked with such promise, but that promise could not last the first official week of his tenure. He went down in the second game of his first season and, though he’s played many games since then, he never really got back up. But it’s not for a lack of trying. Steve Nash is not just sitting on his bottom collecting a sizable paycheck. He’s given everything he has to try to get back on the court, even as he’s been dealt one setback after another after another. He spent the entire summer getting healthy, only for the nerve root issues in his leg to re-surface after this season’s first six games. He spent another three months rehabilitating, even traveling to Vancouver to work with a specialist for two weeks, doing everything conceivable by science to get a 40-year old body capable of playing basketball again. He got just four games out of the equation before he somehow managed to take a knee to the exact same spot on his leg that caused all this trouble in the first place.

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It is easy to look at Steve Nash’s time in Los Angeles and come to the conclusion that he was just too old to handle the rigors of the NBA anymore. It is also the truth, or at least, a version of it. But you also have to remember that he’s been the worst kind of unlucky since he got here. His initial injury last year, the first domino in the sequence that has turned Nash from All-Star to laughing stock, was a complete fluke. So was his body’s response to it. Now, after all the time he’s put in to get back to a high level, he’s been undone again by random contact at the one place on his body he could most ill afford to get hit. It’s almost like the basketball fates are laughing at him now. When it comes to Nash’s decline, “unfortunate” and “inevitable” are there in equal parts, braided together to form the tapestry of his downfall. Yet still he works, tirelessly, ceaselessly, to make himself ready once again.

It now appears more and more likely that his work will be in vain. Coach Mike D’Antoni admitted after the Lakers’ morning shootaround on Monday that he thought it was unlikely that Steve Nash would see the court again this season. Despite all of the issues and injuries and struggles that Nash has suffered, very little about D’Antoni’s conclusion had to do with Nash himself. D’Antoni was simply admitting an ugly truth about where the Lakers are as a team and as a franchise right now, a place where developing young talent trumps putting the best possible product forward. Actually, the truth is that putting the best possible product forward is trumped simply by not doing so, that losing really is preferable to winning, but you can’t come out and say that. So developing young talent is the code that serves a dual purpose, because it is a tangible and potentially profitable enterprise in and of itself. That it helps the team lose games is just a bonus – or perhaps it’s the other way around, with the development as the bonus. Either way, there is no place for Steve Nash within that structure. If Nash returns and he’s awful, then he’s taking valuable development minutes away from guys like Kendall Marshall. If he’s not awful, then he’s making the Lakers a better team, and truth be told, that’s not in their best interests right now. So Nash will probably sit until season’s end.

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  • Jim213

    Seems the writer has a lot to say with regards Laker situations. Myself, I’d stretch provision Nash so fast… but given that the inept won’t be pursuing big names this off season best to acquire at least a PG, one or two PFs, and another center next year.

    So depending on next season’s acquisitions may have to let Nash play his 15 games next year so the inept to clear themselves of his salary. Although, it’s Jim Bust’s call.

    • Daryl Peek

      Still with the inept BS I see. Glad your not in charge. As I said before, stretching Nash is a worst case scenario. Why pay someone that money for three more years and lose that spending power for three season when you can be done with it in one? It’s like basic personal management of your money, why would you put a monthly bill on your credit card?

      • Jim213

        “Glad you’re not in charge.”, I wouldn’t over pay for mediocre talent (high salary players) who don’t believe they owe the franchise their best efforts b/c of past achievements. But we can say if you’d had some pool things would still be the same. Coach, Nash, Pau, Blake etc etc.

        FO but especially Kupcake won’t admit to the worse business signing in the franchise’s history (no diss to Nash). If we throw in next season season out of the 246 games for his contract he’ll likely end up playing 65 or less games throughout his stint with the Lakers. But seems you view this as a good business move?

        FO should own up to their many mistakes which goes for giving up draft picks for mediocre talent. best to draft them help to evolve their game and if the perfect opportunity comes to trade them then it be best for business. Ex. Vlade Divac was drafted 26th in the 1st round by the Lakers and later traded to the Charlotte Hornets for KB24. Can throw in other examples but that’s the ideal way to go rather than disregarding 1st rounders.

        ‘Pau Gasol Active, Steve Nash Out Vs. Celtics ‘

        DP:”Earl Clark was waived by the Sixers. If he clears waivers Mitch should bring him back. Of course someone would have to be waived off the roster. Most logical thinking would say stretch provision Nash to free up the roster spot and albeit a costly move it would be wise.” “stretching nash is the worse case scenario.” ???! smh@DP

        It’s your stubbornness (pun) makes it hard to observe the problems at the forefront which goes for FO’s lack of dexterity in their belief that they’ve haven’t made any mistakes. As Kupcake has recently mentioned they’re not afraid to pau luxury taxes and if that is the case sign Melo this off season and bring in K Love too = cap tax tho they’ve mentioned now that they will likely wait until 2015 to make a big move this going against their belief when it comes to spending. I can go on and on to their lack of dexterity.

        • Daryl Peek

          All of that said proved nothing when it comes to the dealing of the FO. There is no perfect GM in the NBA and all teams get into financial messes when there chasing rings. It’s called part of the winning cycle. Some team bail after one championship won, see the 2011 Mavs. The time tested Laker way is to push it til you absolutely have to rebuild, see West, Kupchak and Pat Riley with Miami. The 90′s Bulls are the only multiple championship team that blew it up prematurely.

          Signing Nash and Howard was no mistake. It just didn’t work out. Dr. Buss chose not to bring Phil back as Phil recently revealed. Trading Howard to whoever wanted him would have done more damage than good and there weren’t as many takers out there are you think due to Howard saying he’d only resign with a select few teams. Dallas was one of them at first but they had nothing we needed and decided they’d rather wait til free agency to get Howard. Houston was offering garbage. There never was an offer or talks with GS as they were content with Bogut especially after signing Iggy. Brooklyn was off the table when we sign him.

          Those were the only viable landing places so you need to set off the inept should have traded Howard mess. By biting the bullet and not accepting garbage in a reactionary panic mode for both Howard and Gasol they showed Dr. Buss and West like calm under pressure. Again, I so glad they ignore all of the outside white noise clamoring for something that would make things worse.

          • Jim213

            “Signing Nash … was no mistake. It just didn’t work out.”

            Agree to some point there but there are such things as ‘contract clauses (insurance policy)’ to limit the potential fall back for a close to 40 year old player. Lack of dexterity for sure and if not they like throwing away personal $$.

            Smoking again ay DP! (pun). So not trading Howard or sign and trading him after would’ve been a bad move? No contract clause for the one ‘who wanted to give the fans their money’s worth’ was a good move? No need to argue now as today’s results speak for themselves. The issue for FO was their belief that they could’ve done what Dr. Buss and J West did back in the 80′s and 90′s = (championships and wheel and deal to bring in talent).

            All these past moves shows they don’t they have a lot to learn with regards to being able to close out deals. No excuses this is business and if they can’t do it best to bring in experienced/knowledgeable people who have a better clue of today’s times which goes with the CBA.

          • Daryl Peek

            There was no concrete sign of needing an injury contract clause, and the league already provides for that in the injury insurance exceptions they give teams. Nash had not missed more than 7 games in any season due to injury from 2000-2011. Nash has been more durable than Kobe over said time span which is right before they signed him.

            Close out deals? The last two seasons since the new CBA was signed have been a learning experience for all. The trade deadlines have never been so inactive. This new CBA has relegated draft picks NFL valuable. No team has made blockbuster trades at the deadline for the most part. The issue of the 90′s/2000′s thinking not being viable anymore is new to all in this climate. Especially those use to winning. The Spurs are a different beast as they took some of the big market spending traits but never totally assimilated as they were able to get their big three to take drastic pay cuts to keep the band together. Keeping the band together is not a Phil Jackson legacy.

            Wheeling and dealing is not done with the old dexterity it once was as Kupchak made clear recently. Even Jerry West and Phil have spoken on this. When you call a team now days nothing is discrete between the two parties anymore. Social media killed that level of secrecy in dexterity.

            The so called inept have been part of the decision making process since West retired in 2000. Four championships in six finals trips since then. Just under four years removed from the last championship but they are inept? Jimmy and Mitch have Been in charge of the Lake Show reloading ever since 2000. All of that success is far from ineptness. Eras end and there are always downtime’s. Were in the cycle of a normal downtime but most are impatient due to being spoiled from the triangle success.

            In 1990 Showtime imploded internally as Pat Riley and Magic were pushing the rest of the gang way too hard airing dirty laundry publicly in finger pointing many on the team felt. Riley left the Lakers due to all of this. Socaial media was not on the level it is today so much of this remained a secret for a very long time. Even as avid of a Laker follower as I’ve always been, I just chalked it up to Riles being ready to move onto something new as Dr. Buss reported it.. Roland Lazenby summed it up best when he was all but banned from the Great Western Forum for first reporting the brewing Kobe Shaq beef and a few other internal issues that the FO wanted kept on the hush.

            Kupchak is very good at what he does and that’s why I take issue with your inept brigade. Jimmy, Jeanie and the rest of the young Buss clan are just gonna have to learn on the fly when it comes to getting on the same page. Silence is the best policy right now. Winning is the cure but patience’s is needed as this is not a quick trigger fix situation.

          • Chrmngblly

            Signing Nash was the irresponsible over-reaction to the league vetoing of the Chris Paul trade. The wheels were in motion and they overpaid and didn’t have time to think about it more clearly. Remember, Pau and Lamar really got shook up over that. It was no small thing. So there were a lot of ricochets from JB trying to sneak that trade by the league while all the owners were in a closed meeting. Real amateur stuff.

        • Chrmngblly

          Ladies, ladies, ladies…The best approach is to maintain flexibility for as long as possible and then decide. The FO really should want to be under the cap this year. If there is any way to get under, they should. Otherwise, we may be forced to call upon Daryl’s crystal ball to predict the future and project the “repeat offender penalties” for a couple or three years. It is not a clear choice.

          The best choice, really, is to offer Nash a job if he wants to stay in the game and if he retires, we can go to the league and ask for an exception on the insurance provision. He has played in 10 games, but he has not played in 10 WHOLE games. Maybe.

          Or possibly we could pay him and have it not count against our cap next year. There are possibilities.

          I just wish Nash would get out of the way. He just keeps fucking us. If Nash could have played like Nash, maybe we would have been competitive and Howard would not have left. If, If, If…

          If money doesn’t matter, JB needs to blow Nash out of here so the organization can move forward. This is worse than the “Dwightmare”; the Lakers long nightmare continues.

          And don’t pay any attention to Daryl, nobody else does.

          • Daryl Peek

            You need to keep my name out yo mouf! You starting to act like a little stalker trick with me and what I’ve said constantly on your mind. What part of the game is that for a grown ass man?

          • Chrmngblly

            Sure thing. It was becoming un-fun for me too. That’s that.

          • Jim213

            Valid points but Nash turned out to be a bad investment for the franchise.It’s nothing against Nash but it’s bad business as if we estimate the organization’s return of investment (Nash) it will likely equal less than $8 mil (approx) out of his 3 year deal (close to $30 mil) if he played 25+ games next season.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes. And like Magic said, if there were not big egos involved, better decisions may have been made—or like you said, better contracts could have been written.

          • daniel staley

            Howard was going to leave but no one saw the writing on the wall. We already knew that Howard and Kobe didn’t like each other to begin with and the Lakers was going to back Kobe. Nash wasn’t a mistake. He was still putting up numbers that you would want from a point guard in points and assist. We messed up because we didn’t get something for Howard when we could. Think of all the players that teams were willing to give up to get Howard. I think the best offer was Chicago offering Noah with the possibility of Deng for Howard, but that was the offer to Orlando. Yet, we never looked into anything because we thought we had a chance to keep him. I don’t know why the Lakers thought they could keep him. He hated DAs system and he hates Kobe. Who would stay?

          • Chrmngblly

            Exactly. But the bigger picture is that with Howards attitude, he was not worth the risk compared to what we could have gotten for him. That was the Jim Buss ego problem Magic talked about on Leno. Some of the blowhard worshippers on here want to kiss Jim Buss’s ass and make excuses for him and just conclude that because he wasn’t shopped around, he couldn’t have been. What GM wouldn’t have at least looked at their roster one more time if they knew Howard could be available? I might have tried to send him to SAC for DMC and Tyreke or Isaiah Thomas and change–which they might have jumped on, whichever town they ended up in, for marketing purposes alone.

            The point is that all the accumulated assets we gambled away needlessly on Howard and Nash are now gone and irreplaceable.

            Nash. Nash was brought in to be the Chris Paul replacement in the magic duo imagined by the Lakers FO for the Lakers future. Except it was fraught with peril, as we now see on the ground. But there were those who did see the danger all along. Now that it is a big disaster and it is clear what doubling down hath wrought, do we say “f*ck it” and blow Nash and MDA out of there? Yes, but just not in so many words. We do it with a little style and a certain amount of caution.

          • roseducanna

            Every good players dont like KOBEEN, not only HOWARD.Because he is a selfish person.

  • Jim213

    Spitfire:

    I assure you I have a way better education than yourself. You need to learn how to write and post comments first then you can put in your 2 cents in with regards to matters. Many of the masses observe the same issues too but accountability has to be placed where it really lies. I do have on silverscreenroll too.

    • Daryl Peek

      Who is spitfire?

      • Jim213

        Looks like a blogger from silverscreenandroll

        Post awaiting moderation

        It is funny how you always call the names of Lakers FO with that stupid names. You call yourself a Laker fan?! You such a disgrace to the Lakers fans, you have shown disrespect to those people who runs the franchise and sounded like you know what is going on in and out of the franchise. Do that in the Lakers blog like silverscreenandroll and i assure you, you will not stay longer. You one of those typical ESPN commenters out there who knows NOTHING but all BS like SAS
        and Skip Bayless.You think you are smarter than the Lakers FO heh?! You want to sign Melo and Love? LOL! You are obviously have ZERO knowledge about the Lakers and the NBA as a whole.Go and educate yourself first about manners and respect to your so called favorite team, this is the Lakers not the Knick nor the Nets.

        Keeping it truthful which goes for accountability.

        • Daryl Peek

          Well damn! I thought I was on your helmet for the FO name disdain? *looking*

          • Jim213

            Things are kept pretty clean here not like other sites or like silver screen (nice). Although, you do get them all of them being the hardcore, band wagoners, and tankers. Doesn’t Ward have something to do with SilverScreen?

  • hookedonnews

    I don’t think Steve Nash is a laughingstock. Being injured is not a laughing matter. The Lakers are not trying to lose. They are trying to develop the young talent they have and try to figure out who’s worth keeping next season and who isn’t. That and the fact that Steve Nash is not 100% are the reasons he’s unlikely to play again this season. There’s no reason to risk further injury when the playoffs are unreachable, and they are trying to lay a foundation for next season. All that being said, if Nash was 100%, I’m not sure he wouldn’t be out on the court. And for the record, a healthy Nash is not capable of being awful.

    • Daryl Peek

      If Nash finds himself feeling 100% this season I can see him playing regardless of how many games are left. This is why they say likely done not absolutely.

      • hookedonnews

        I agree.

  • Hollywood Star

    Kobe Bryant played 48 minutes the game before he tore his Achilles. 48 minutes is way too much for any player.

    41:06, 47:20, 42:32, 47:04, 47:37 in the games before his Achilles Tendon Rupture.

    I think Robert Sarver paid off both Steve Nash and Mike D’Antoni to sabotage the Lakers.The fact of the matter is Mike D’Antoni has run the Lakers franchise into the ground.Jim Buss never finished college and he is a gullible idiot to allow this to happen.Phoenix should fork over all 4 of their 2014 first round picks and 2 of their 2015 first round picks if they seriously did pay off Steve Nash and Mike D’Antoni to sabotage the Lakers franchise.It’s called being a double agent.Steve Nash is acting as if he is a double agent and so is Mike D’Antoni.Good riddance to both.The Robert Sarver curse continues in LA.

  • Hollywood Star

    Steve Nash is a hated man in LA.Mike D’Antoni is a hated man in LA.Coincidence?I think not.Look into this matter NBA Adam Silver.

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