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Steve Nash believes chance to move up on all-time assists list influenced D’Antoni’s decision to play him vs. Rockets

Apr 9, 2014, 12:31 AM EDT

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In the final week or so of the Lakers lost season. there doesn’t seem to be any reason to risk further health complications with Steve Nash, who’s under contract with the team for one more year at almost $10 million next season.

But Mike D’Antoni appears to have found one.

Nash has appeared in just four of his team’s last 10 games, and had missed the 15 before that stretch. Playing in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career, however, means that there are milestones available to be surpassed — and D’Antoni wants to help Nash accomplish at least one of them as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Steve Nash holds a theory on why he will play when the Lakers (25-51) host the Houston Rockets (51-25) at Staples Center. …

Nash remains five assists away from climbing up to third place on the NBA’s all-time list.

“Mike really wants me to get this assist thing out of the way,” Nash said. “Now I would really like to get it out of the way frankly. It’s out there in the air and everybody is talking about it in a way.” …

“Frankly, it’s one of those things I want to get it over with in a way. If I can. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. It’s not the end of the world. If I can put it behind me, it would be nice not to have to talk about it anymore.”

Nash needs just five assists to pass Warriors head coach Mark Jackson for third on the all-time list, but seemed as though he’d prefer to sit these last few games out and focus on getting right for next season.

If his refrain sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve just heard something similar from Kevin Durant regarding his ongoing streak of scoring at least 25 points per game.

  1. antistratfordian - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Why not? He might as well go for it while he can. This could be his last season, for all we know – he’s liable to hurt himself in the preseason next year and never play again.

  2. ranfan12 - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Figured as much when he didn’t return for the 4th

  3. sellahh - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Ride him as hard as you can until he’s a cripple and then ride him some more.
    B U M

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Jesus!
      “How can you be..so..disresssspectful!?”
      -Stephen A. Smith

  4. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    I agree. $teve Na$h is wasting the Lakers money and is a B U M.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      He IS wasting their money, but he is certainly NOT a bum.

    • calkinsrob - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      LOL so if you were in his shoes, You would just give up trying to play the game that you genuinely love and walk away from your last nba paycheck of 9 mil. YEA SURE….. idiots. youd do the same thing he is doing. i dont know how anyone can criticize this man. be mad at lakers management for signing him to a 3 year deal.

  5. mnsadsportsfan - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    At least this team has its priorities. What will coach worry about next hear when he is out of a job?

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      He will NOT be out of a paycheck next yr though as the Lakers will be paying him even if he’s sitting at home watching the Lakers struggle from his couch instead of watching them struggle from the sidelines…

      • dablakdrphil - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Hell Mike Brown is still getting a Lakers paycheck LMAO!!

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