All week long, our staff writers chime in on a series of topics, rumors and storylines leading up to the start of the season. In today’s edition of State of the Nation, they wonder whether or not Steve Nash can stay healthy and get back to form this season.
Will Steve Nash have a bounce-back season now that he is healthy, and has a training camp with Mike D’Antoni to install the offense?
Alex Lambeth // @AlexLambeth:
Sort of. Steve Nash had arguably the toughest season of any Laker last season. Nash will turn 40 this February, but with his superb basketball IQ and craftiness, Nash and D’Antoni could have another magical season in store.
Jon Gaffer // @jewelslamo:
Nash is a year older, so knowing the system doesn’t help his back, knees, or any other aching part of his body. I don’t see much upside with him on the floor.
Mark Awad // @MarkeyTheBoss_:
I dont expect big numbers from Nash. Having Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake gives Coach D the option to keep the guards fresh throughout the whole game. I expect Nash to carry the rock a little more.
Robert Benitez // @beeb0:
Yes, what bothered Steve last year was his injuries. As long as he can stay healthy, he’ll be fine.
Ashkan Kargaran // @aakargaran
Father time is starting to beat down on Steve Nash, but he is still talented and savvy enough to provide 25-30 solid minutes a game. With Kobe out, Nash will have the ball in his hands the majority of the time. Add in a full training camp under Mike D’Antoni and we may see a double digit assist season for the Nashty one.
Bummi Anderson // @BummiNAnderson
Steve Nash will have a bounce back season. He will be able to communicate Mike D’s offense to willing teammates. Look for Steve to do a much better job at harmonizing the team in the early part of the year.
Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII:
No. I’m sorry, but last I checked, Steve Nash is the oldest player in the NBA. Only a DBZ hyperbolic time chamber could give him the rest he really needs. He’ll be in better shape, but expect Farmar and Blake to play key roles this year.
Oren Levy // @LakersOren:
Yes, but should he? The offense ideally should run through a team’s best player, and Nash having a great year running the point takes the ball out of Kobe’s hands. Kobe and Nash must find a balance in the backcourt for this team to be successful.
Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia:
Potentially. Steve is still 39 years old and will be 40 before the playoffs start. The man has a ton of basketball mileage on him, and despite a full training camp with D’Antoni, he may still have his issues returning to his old form.
Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG:
Steve Nash has been waiting to bounce back since he went down last season. As the player most knowledgeable of Mike D’antoni’s system, his know-how on and off the floor will be key in this team’s success.
Next Question Tomorrow: How many games will the Lakers win this season?