We could spend this slide referring to Kobe Bryant’s triumphant return from harm or Byron Scott’s old-timey rejection of the three-point shot.
We can touch on the potential of rookie Julius Randle, the breakout possibilities for Ed Davis or the over/under on”and-1!” Screams per match from Carlos Boozer (it is 6.5).
But no. No. It’s much too soon for that. The grief is still too sore.
Steve Nash–two-time MVP, offensive maestro and good dude–is through, according to a report from B/R’s Kevin Ding:
The most up-to-date and perhaps last drawback of Steve Nash’s disappointing tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has arrived.
Nash has been ruled out to the 2014-15 NBA year due to recurring nerve injury in his back, according to league sources.
Even if all of us 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 reduction for the NBA–just one mitigated only marginally by how much the league gained out of Nash’s offensive genius and entertaining style.
Truthfully, a healthy Nash would not have made a difference for your Los Angeles Lakers this season –not at age 40 and not for a team which has precisely zero law-abiding defensive players. L.A. was almost definitely a lottery team in the West before he went down, and it’ll stay one without him.
Bummer to the max.