Last year, the Fourth of July was more of a celebration than usual for Laker fans. The shock signing of Steve Nash was a move that many considered – as Mitch Kupchak once put it – a “home run”.
However, Nash was shackled by the Princeton offense during the pre-season and opening night, and then ended up breaking his leg in the second game of the season. Nash was never able to fully recover, yet he still managed to average 12.7 points and 6.7 assists per game while shooting 43% from three-point range. Although, Nash knows that’s far from his best.
Nash sounds confident about next season, though. The Canadian told the Star Tribune he’s “close” to 100% and he feels he’ll have a “great year”:
[pullquote]”I’ve had a really good summer of training and rehabilitating,” Nash said. “I’m not 100 percent, but I’m pretty close. Good enough to go out there Tuesday. I’m thrilled I’ve had this time to build myself back up, and I believe I’ll have a great year.”[/pullquote]
While many are saying Nash is “done”, just one season ago he led the league in total assists – a healthy body, plus a system that will suit him from the start of the year should be a big help for the all-star guard.
Plus, a big part of Nash’s game is the pick-and-roll; Dwight Howard never truly committed to setting good screens to make the partnership work. Now, with Pau Gasol getting more of a chance to play the two-man game with Nash (as well as new addition Chris Kaman) the pick-and-roll should be more of a staple for the Lakers on offense.