Los Angeles Lakers: 66-1
We could spend this slide referring to Kobe Bryant’s successful return from harm or Byron Scott’s old-timey rejection of the three-point shot.
We could touch on the potential of newcomer Julius Randle, the breakout chances for Ed Davis or the over/under on»and-1!» Screams per match from Carlos Boozer (it’s 6.5).
But no. No. It’s much too soon for that. The grief is still too raw.
Steve Nash—two-time MVP, offensive maestro and Decent dude—is via, according to a report from B/R’s Kevin Ding:
The latest and perhaps last setback of Steve Nash’s disappointing tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has come.
Nash was ruled out to the 2014-15 NBA year due to recurring nerve damage in his back, according to league sources.
Even if we all saw this coming long ago, the stark reality that one of the game’s most transformative trendsetters is completed does not hurt any less. This is a loss for the NBA—just one mitigated only mildly by how much the league gained out of Nash’s offensive genius and entertaining style.
Truthfully, a wholesome Nash wouldn’t have made a difference for your Los Angeles Lakers this season —maybe not at age 40 rather than for a team that has precisely zero law-abiding defensive players. L.A. was almost definitely a lottery group in the West until he went down, and it’ll stay one without him.
Bummer into the max.