Steve Nash Feels ‘Blessed’ to Be Playing at 39
By all accounts, the Lakers a year ago appeared to have a championship future.
Now they’re the place for case studies in basketball mortality.
Test Subject No. 10’s data hasn’t gotten quite the attention as Test Subject No. 24’s, and that’s fair enough: Steve Nash was out there on the Staples Center court Sunday night while Kobe Bryant was still off working that graveyard shift, away in Germany to perk up his right knee while not yet having emerged from the darkness of that left Achilles tear.
But the hypothesis that Nash still has game to give after being in so much pain and missing so many games last season hasn’t been proved, either.
Nash played in his first exhibition game Sunday night and wasn’t nearly all there, putting up a Derek Fisher-like scoreless stat line in a mostly uneven outing—a few of the fancy old Nash passes notwithstanding.
Many are waiting to see what Nash is left come February and his 40th birthday. The truth is that the reaper already did a few pop-bys at Nash’s place early in the offseason, checking on that so-slow-to-heal nerve traveling from Nash’s troublesome back to his right hamstring.
“There were times this summer, early in the summer, where I wasn’t sure,” Nash said late Sunday night, adding the sort of chuckle that isn’t meant to convey any sort of humor. “And to feel the way I do right now at 39, to be chasing around Ty Lawson, is a blessing. So I’ve just got to get my game going and my rhythm back.”