We could spend this slide referring to Kobe Bryant’s successful return from injury or Byron Scott’s old-timey rejection of the three-point shot.
We could touch on the potential of rookie Julius Randle, the breakout possibilities for Ed Davis or the over/under on”and-1!” Screams per match from Carlos Boozer (it’s 6.5).
But no. No. It is much too soon for that. The grief is still too raw.
Steve Nash–two-time MVP, offensive maestro and good dude–is via, according to a report from B/R’s Kevin Ding:
The most up-to-date and perhaps last setback of Steve Nash’s disappointing tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has arrived.
Nash was ruled out to the 2014-15 NBA season due to recurring nerve injury in his back, according to league sources.
Even if we all saw this coming long ago, the stark reality that one of those game’s most transformative trendsetters is completed doesn’t hurt any less. This is a reduction for the NBA–one mitigated only mildly by how much the league gained from Nash’s offensive genius and entertaining style.
Truthfully, a wholesome Nash wouldn’t have made a difference for the Los Angeles Lakers this year–not at age 40 and not for a group that has precisely zero above-average defensive players. L.A. was almost certainly a lottery team in the West before he went , and it is going to remain one without him.
Bummer into the max.