Found November 02, 2013 on Sports Report SoCal:
Steve Nash tormented the Los Angeles Lakers. During his eight-year tenure with the Phoenix Suns, Nash carved the Lakers defense using his veteran savvy, situational quickness and incredible shooting touch. Now in his second year with Los Angeles, Nash is trying to regain his ways of old. Nash turns 40 in February. Expectations of his production should be tampered considering the mileage on the 18-year veterans legs, but coaches and fans still need him to contribute. Nash has only played in two of the teams three games, and is only shooting 18 percent from the field in those games. It’s obviously an extremely small sample size, but it’s still a little concerning considering Nash is one of the best shooters this game has ever seen. With 79 games remaining in the season, there is plenty of time for Nash to get back on track. But the root of his issues, and these issues go far beyond just his shooting percentage, is his health. A 39-year old playing in a league with young men is already at a disadvantage. And when you also consider the 39-year old isn’t as physically healthy as he would like to be? Well it’s just a disaster waiting to happen. The Lakers have done a good job monitoring Nash’s minutes, only playing him 22 minutes per contest. But having him play through these injuries even while resting him on the second games of back-to-backs isn’t going to solve his health issues. Not at his age. If the Lakers are serious about this season, and want to put their best team on the floor, they will have to get Nash healthier than he is at this point. Allowing him to fully rest and build his strength by shutting him down for a month or so could be the best option. This decision would disrupt the chemistry being built amongst the current starters, but so is shuffling Nash in and out of the lineup. Kobe Bryant’s return is uncertain. If the Lakers can keep their heads above water, or right around the surface, without Bryant, maybe they can pull it off without Nash as well? Holding Nash out until Bryant returns not only allows him to rest, but allows the two veterans to work their way back into the starting rotation together. The idea of resting Nash until Bryant returns is a long shot. But with the limited time he’s playing and the virtually invisible production, how much can it really hurt?   These are my thoughts on the Los Angeles Lakers and resting Steve Nash, but please leave your thoughts and comments in the section below. Evan Williams is a Los Angeles Lakers writer for sportsreportsocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ejwilliams737, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to you network on Google.
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