After dealing with numerous injuries last season, Steve Nash worked extremely hard to get himself back to the player he once was. Unfortunately, Nash has continued to struggle with nagging injuries and after Friday’s night loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 1, he spoke about his current mental state.
Considering what he’s going through and the fact that he’s turning 40-years-old in February, Nash accepts the challenge and feels there are things he can build on via Lakers Nation:
“The want is there; I’m still enjoying the challenge. It comes from within. I know what I’ve been through; I know how old I am and the miles I have on the body, but I still take the challenge. And there are things I can still build on and can improve.”
While Nash pushed himself the entire off-season to get healthy, he’s at a stage in his career where less work and more rest might be beneficial:
“It’s going to take more patience than usual, and it’s going to take maybe less work and more rest. I really have to check myself a lot as far as my typical approach to things to not overdo and not put myself back because I’m overdoing it or I’m trying for too much.”
With D’Antoni limiting his minutes and no longer playing back-to-backs, there will be a concerted effort to ensure that Nash is able to be effective throughout the entire season. While there are some who feel he can’t compete at this age anymore, it seems like Nash still doesn’t have his legs under him. It will take some time for Nash to get back into game shape and once he does, his shooting and ability to distribute will help the Lakers as they look to exceed low expectations this season.
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