It will probably take more than a 38-year old point guard with a bum leg to save the Lakers.
But Steve Nash should indeed provide some direction once he returns from a fractured fibula, which has forced him to miss all but the first two games. After all, Nash had his very best seasons under Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni when the two were together in Phoenix.
Nash is an exceptional distributor, shot-maker and leader. He's the ultimate quarterback on the court, a man who makes his teammates happy, not necessarily by what he says, but by getting them the ball where and when they want it.
He's more than just a playmaker. He's an All-Star chemistry guy.
That's good news, because if there's one thing this start-studded group is lacking, it's a championship-like connection on the court.
Instead, the Lakers arrive in Cleveland having lost four of five. They are 9-12 overall. They've fallen six times to teams with .500 or worse records. And if the playoffs started today, the NBA's darlings...