HoopsHype Steve Nash rumors
Steve Nash says he will accept whoever the Los Angeles Lakers hire to be their next coach and does not intend to influence the search process. "No kind of front-runner," Nash told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday when asked about the current coaching candidate pool while on the set of NBA TV's upcoming documentary "The84Draft," for which Nash is the narrator. "To be honest, I've tried to get away and clear my mind, and hopefully clearing my mind will help my body. So I'm kind of just sitting back and not getting involved in the process -- even emotionally -- and just waiting to see what they decide." ESPN.com
If we drafted a blueprint of everything a professional athlete should be to his family, his team, his community and his world, Steve Nash would be that guy. But how to best tell that story when the subject in question — one named by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World — breaks so many of the stereotypes associated with the professional athlete? “I guess, at the onset of the film, we were struggling a bit because in documentaries there is always some drama,” says Hamilton, the film’s producer, who began work on the movie in 2010 with co-director Corey Ogilvie. “But that is something that we never had with Steve. He’s a pretty nice guy. “Then the lightbulb went on for us. Why were we trying to find some kind of drama in a guy’s life, when there wasn’t any? He is the anomaly. He is the quintessential athlete who is doing it on his own terms.” The Province
Is 40-year-old Steve Nash confident he will be ready for the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp? Or might his beaten body have a different opinion? "That's a good question," Nash said. "I think in my mind, yeah, I will be in camp. Who knows? I don't take anything for granted nowadays. I want to work as hard as I can to put myself in a position to compete, succeed and sustain it. At the same time, I got to prove it to myself every day." Yahoo! Sports
Nash said he expects to be healthy in about three to four weeks. He said he had fun when he played this season and wants to continue to play, though he's also fine with a lesser role mentoring young guards. He expects next season to be his last. "They can't rely on me, frankly," Nash said. "Hopefully, I come back and play 82 games next year and the sky is the limit. But they can't rely on me if they don't know what I'm going to bring, so they got to evaluate those guys for next season." Yahoo! Sports
By the end of the night, after seeing Nash do his thing for 19 minutes, if you didn't know that No. 10 for the Lakers was a 40-year old who has been ravaged by nerve damage in his back and hamstrings the last two years you would say L.A. had a promising backup point guard on its roster. Nash left the arena without speaking to reporters Friday, but his coach is making sure there will be at least one more encore performance. "I said this is not your last game," D’Antoni relayed after the Lakers' 107-95 loss to the Mavericks. "He said, 'OK.' So, we'll play him." ESPN.com
Despite beating Phoenix on Sunday, the Lakers (25-48) are on pace to have the worst season in the franchise's 54-year Los Angeles era. Yet Nash still yearns to play, traveling to Vancouver to see his physiotherapist regularly and even coming off the bench in his last two appearances. "Next year is not guaranteed," Nash said, although his salary is. "You never know what will happen with my back and the situation with the team. I just want to play a little bit in case I don't get to play again." Arizona Republic
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