Nov 6, 2013

Article: Is the end for Nash close?

Steve Nash has had a wonderful career. His impact on the game will never be forgotten, and he will go down as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game. He will undoubtedly be a first ballot Hall of Famer when it’s all said and done. Nash is in his 17th year in the NBA and is approaching the age of 40. Last season Nash dealt with a leg injury which forced him to miss a considerable amount of games. Those injuries, coupled with a long and arduous NBA career, have had an impact on Steve Nash and his body.

Ever since the disappointing end of the Lakers last season, Nash set out to get healthy and come back re-energized for the 2013-2014 season. During the preseason, Nash had still complained of a nerve problem stemming from the leg injury sustained last year. Mike D’Antoni had said that Nash would not play back-to-back games this year. If the Lakers are to make some noise, they will need the services of one Steve Nash. Unfortunately, father time may have a different plan. For a couple of years now, even with Phoenix, Nash has been seen on the sidelines laying down due to back problems. This year, it seems not only to be his back, but also his neck. His minutes seem to be considerably down, and his points per game have dwindled.

So far, five games into the season, Steve Nash has been averaging 23.5 minutes, 6.5 points, 5 assists, and shooting 28% from the field and 50% from three-point range. Throughout his career, Nash has always been known as a great shooter. His career average is 14.4 points per game and 8.5 assists per game. It’s apparent that he is nowhere close to those numbers. Most of his shots have been short, telling us that he doesn't have his legs under him and that he is not getting any lift. Of course, that does happen with age and Steve Nash will be approaching 40 years of age. Is the end for Steve Nash closer than we think? It could be, but it is still early in the season and Nash still feels that he has a lot to prove. The question is, will he be healthy enough to prove that he still has little bit left in the tank and win that one thing that has eluded him his entire career. An NBA championship.

Nash can still pass with the best of them, as seen this season. He still makes crisp passes, and sometimes makes passes that remind us of the ones Magic Johnson used to make in the Showtime era. Health is the main concern for any team, but for Steve Nash, it is something that can make or break this season.

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