Whether you disagree with the Lakers’ decision to sign Steve Nash to a $27 million contract in 2012 or not – at least 90 percent of fans and analysts loved the move at the time – you can’t hate on how hard the Canadian has worked to come back at this level just in time for his 40th birthday.
After months of workouts to strengthen his body in an attempt to keep his severe nerve problems at bay, Nash set a number of records by registering 19 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in a win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
Here’s a breakdown of the records Nash set/matched during his birthday game:
- Nash’s 19 points were the most scored by a 40-year-old since Karl Malone dropped 20 while with the Lakers in 2004.
- Nash joined Jason Kidd as the only players to lead their team in scoring on their 40th birthday.
- Nash joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Edwards, John Stockton and Jason Kidd as players who all won a game on their 40th birthday.
- There has now been four 40-year-old point guards who have played in the NBA: Bob Cousy, John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Nash.
That’s some pretty good company right there.
Hopefully, Nash can now stay healthy for the remainder of the season and can continue to take part in the game he loves so dearly.