Can Return of Nash, Gasol Save Lakers?
There’s too much wrong for even (Steve) Nash, as gifted as he is, to fix what ails the Lakers. And there’s certainly too much out of kilter for them to rest their hopes on the return of (Pau) Gasol, who has been memorable so far this season only for his struggles at both ends of the floor while battling tendinitis in his knees.
Even Coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged the Lakers can’t count on Nash and Gasol to save them —and that was before the team’s too-often-passive 117-110 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday in a home game jammed between a 1-2 trip and four more games back East.
“Oh, no, it won’t cure everything. But it will help,” D’Antoni said of Nash’s return, which might occur sometime during the trip to Cleveland, New York, Washington and Philadelphia.
“But at that point, if that doesn’t cure some stuff, then we need to have some heart-to-hearts and we need to understand what’s going on because if he can’t run it, then we’ve got some problems.”