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At 39-years-old, Steve Nash is the oldest player in the league this season. For that reason, along with the fact that he was plagued by injury last season, it makes sense to limit his minutes this year. Mike D’Antoni is planning on doing just that, and he may even sit the Canadian point guard on the second night of back-to-backs. The following transcript from Media Day is provided by Q: On limiting Steve Nash’s minutes during the season: D’Antoni: We’ll talk about it. We’ll see how he feels. Obviously we have to do something there, whether it’s back to backs or whether it’s a little bit more limited per game, something when we get through camp, and see where he is physically, then we’ll make those decisions going forward. Gregg Popovich sat the 37-year-old Tim Duncan last season and this strategy appeared to pay off; Duncan played in, and started, a total of 69 regular season games where he averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 blocks in 30.1 minutes per game. These numbers were similar in 21 playoff games, aside from the fact Duncan ended up playing about 5 minutes more per game, and the San Antonio Spurs ended up being just minutes away from winning an NBA title. The Lakers are fortunate enough to have two quality point guards to back-up Nash this season in Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, so whenever Nash feels like he needs a night off, those guys should be able to step up and keep the Canadian rested for the most important part of the year: the playoffs. .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } }

Pau Gasol: ‘My knees are a lot better’

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol is back in the weight room working with the teams strength coach. Since May, Gasol has been sidelined while he recovered from procedures to alleviate tendinosis in 

Mike D’Antoni says Nick Young is passing too much in practice

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Nick Young this summer because he can shoot. So, when he’s passing the ball too much, Mike D’Antoni gets on at him about not jacking up enough shots. Here’s what Young told Mark Medina earlier this week: As he’s spent the past month in informal workouts at the Lakers’ practice facility, Nick Young has heard coach Mike D’Antoni harp on one...

Steve Nash Says He’s “Open” To Taking Games Off

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti suggested more rest for Steve Nash and apparently the message has got to head coach Mike D’Antoni. Steve Nash is open to the idea. According to Nash, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is considering adopting a model similar to how San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich coaches Tim Duncan by giving him games off to rest throughout the season even when he is healthy...

Lakers Media Day 2013

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Mike D’Antoni says that he doesn’t expect Kobe Bryant to play during any of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ pre-season games. The following transcript from Media Day is provided by Q: On whether he expects Kobe to be ready for any preseason games: D’Antoni: I am not expecting it. He’s going to try everything he can to get back as soon as he can. I don’t think there’s...

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant interviewed at Media Day 2013

Kobe Bryant was of course the main attraction at Media Day 2013 for the Los Angeles Lakers, and he fielded a number of different questions while on the air with Time Warner Cable SportsNet. His off-season trips, thoughts on a few of the young players and, of course, where he’s at with his rehab are all covered in the video below, which features Chris McGee and James Worthy. ...

Kobe Bryant: I don’t give a s— about Dwight Howard leaving (Video)

You think Kobe Bryant is sick of talking about Dwight Howard yet? Speaking at Los Angeles Lakers Media Day Saturday, Bryant was surrounded by reporters and asked questions about Howard’s choice to leave the Lakers for the Houston Rockets. They were the same questions Bryant answered all summer, so no doubt he was tired of […]

Kobe Bryant on Dwight Howard leaving Lakers, “I Don’t Really Give A Sh*t”

In case you thought that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had any positive feelings about former teammate Dwight Howard, those can all be dispelled in the below tweet. Check out Kobe’s thoughts from the Lakers media day as reporter by the Sporting News Sean Deveney: Kobe Bryant was asked about his surprise level when Dwight Howard left: "Honestly, man, I don't really...

Kobe Bryant Not Dwelling on Dwight Howard’s Departure, Says ‘I Don’t Really Give a

Kobe Bryant is nothing if not brutally honest. The Lakers may be trying to gear up for the 2014 campaign, but before they can focus on the upcoming season, they were forced to face some blemishes from the past. During their annual media day on Saturday, Bryant was asked about his feelings regarding Dwight Howard‘s departure from the team. Kobe Bryant was asked about his surprise...

Kobe Bryant Reveals His Favorite Teammate of All Time

Photo credit: In a career where he has shared a locker room (and mostly feuded) with future Hall of Famers such as Shaquille O’ Neal, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Gary Payton along with current Hall of Famer Karl Malone, Kobe hasn’t made a lot of friends. It is apparent that Kobe hasn’t liked sharing a spotlight throughout his career, so it shouldn’t...

CC video of the day: D'Antoni thinks the Lakers will surprise next season

Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni took the reigns of the team without a full training camp or the luxury to have time to implement his system. Add the fact the team was beset with injuries to Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and dealt with the Dwight Howard drama, L.A. did manage to make the postseason but did get swept by the Spurs. Heading into the new season, D'Antoni will finally...
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