Steve Nash Easing into Leadership Role
The Lakers value (Steve) Nash beyond his fifth-place standing in NBA history in assists (9,916) and his mastery of the pick-and-roll. They also trust his shooting. So much that (Kobe) Bryant touted Nash as “one of the great shooters our game has ever seen.”
It also showed that a team full of superstars is looking for Nash to lead.
“He’s a natural leader, more of a quiet leader than a rah-rah-type leader,” Lakers Coach Mike Brown said. “But you can definitely tell that everybody respects him. He has a great feel for the game. He understands when and how much he needs to learn, too. He knows how to listen as much as he knows how to teach. It helps out tremendously. It makes you feel like you have an assistant out there on the floor.”
“They may be waiting a long time if they want me to pass on any gems,” Nash said with a smile. “But if I can share with them any of my experiences, I’d be happy to. It’d be great to pass on anything I’ve learned. I’m here to help.”