Social Media is reeling over the unexpected absence of Steve Nash for the 2014-2015 basketball season. On Thursday, it was announced that the Lakers player, who happens to also be Canadian, will be sidelined due to back and nerve problems. The decision was made less than a week before the start of the regular season.
Nash is in the final season of his three-year contract with the Lakers. He has played only 65 games since his team traded four draft picks for him in 2012. If his career ends with his injury, it likely won’t dull the impact of the greatest player in Canadian history and one of the most complete offensive guards of his generation.
His teammate Nick Young said it best on Twitter, “Sorry to hear The news my man @SteveNash.”
One of the biggest questions critics now have posed on Facebook and Twitter: For the money the Lakers paid to get Nash, was it worth it? Unfortunately, history has no choice but to record this as a bad deal. Lakers got Nash for only 65 games, and even then he was limited in the vast majority of them because of nerve issues that he developed from a leg injury he suffered in the first game. This deal goes in the same stack as hiring coaches Mike Brown and Mike D’Antonio.
The Lakers are still keeping their wisdom and traditions. The league’s move to put little Larry O’Brien trophies on the jersey necks is a style touch that suits the Lakers well, since there will be a “16X” to remind everyone how many championships they’ve won.
The unfortunate thing is that they’re in a slum. This puts a lot of pressure on rookie Julius Randle to develop into a better player that anyone selected after him in this year’s draft. He is the highest draft choice the Lakers have had at their disposal since they took James Worthy with the top overall selection in 1982
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