Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers is already liking what he’s seeing only two days into training camp. Nash believes the current squad is already feels more like a team than it did last season via Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com as of Sept. 30:
"It feels good," Nash said. "Last year was tough. Just from the start, it was hard to feel a lot of positive energy. It always seemed like a challenge. Whereas this year, it feels a little bit more like a team. I know it's early and who knows how good we'll be, but the early energy and vibe is really positive."
Last season was a nightmare for the Lakers. Nothing seemed to go right after the team acquired Dwight Howard in the off-season in exchange for All-Star center Andrew Bynum. Howard never really fit in and the team was plagued with injuries all season long.
Following a disappointing end to the season, the Lakers’ front office knew changes were on the horizon with Dwight ultimately deciding to sign with the Houston Rockets and Kobe Bryant’s future in doubt due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Regardless of the changes made by the team and Kobe still recovering from surgery on the injured Achilles, Nash’s comments about the current squad are on point. Although there will be no high expectations for this team headed into the regular season, the squad seems to be embracing the transition and may benefit greatly from it.
Along with Kobe attempting to return from the worst injury of his career, Nash is also trying to get his body right after battling through injuries all season long last year. Nash broken his leg in only the second game of the season against the Portland Trail Blazers as the result of a collision with rookie Damian Lillard and never seemed to get back to 100 percent.
Fortunately for Nash, the veteran point guard feels back to form with the start of the season right around the corner. Along with getting back optimal health, Nash won’t have to shoulder a heavy load at point guard this time around with the team bringing in Jordan Farmar to add to the veteran backcourt which also includes Steve Blake.
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