Can Steve Nash Save the Lakers’ Season?
At 10-14 the Lakers have gotten off to an unimpressive start.
With losses to the Kings (3-8), Magic (6-10), and Cavs (5-17), it is clear that changes must be made if the Lakers are going to compete for their fifth championship in ten years.
Few would have expected a team with so much star power to be anything less than dominant. Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard have a combined 8 NBA Championships, 35 All-Star appearances, 3 MVPs, and 2 Finals MVPs.
Many columnists have argued that all of the Lakers’ problems will be solved when Steve Nash returns from his breaking his left leg. Nash is a 38-year-old defensive liability who will need months to develop a rhythm with his new teammates.
Sure, Mike D’Antoni’s offense is ideal for him, but offense is not where Los Angeles needs significant improvement. They are 7th in points per game (101.7) and 21st in points allowed (99.4).
In addition to Nash’s medical woes, the Lakers have a number of players suffering a variety of injuries. Gasol has been out for eight games with knee tendinitis in both of his kness. PG Steve Blake is undergoing abdominal surgery. Reserve PF Jordan Hill has a herniated disk in his back. Dwight is still far from 100% after his offseason back surgery. Kobe Bryant suffers from back stiffness.