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Steve Nash is fine ‘having nothing to do with’ Lakers coaching search

May 31, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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The last season was a particularly rough one for Steve Nash, as the Lakers guard spent the majority of it in rehabilitation simply trying to get his body healthy enough to be able to return to the court in any capacity.

Next year might be similar, at least in terms of wins and losses.

Nash is one of only three players currently signed to guaranteed contracts for next season, and with that much roster uncertainty, it’s tough to envision an immediate return to the status of contender for one of the league’s most storied franchises.

There isn’t even a head coach in place at the moment, but while Kobe Bryant would like some input on the decision this time after two consecutive failed hires, Nash said he’d be fine sitting that conversation out.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

Nash, entering his 19th and presumably final season in the fall, said he would not seek out general manager Mitch Kupchak as the Lakers continue to conduct interviews.

“I’m completely happy to have a conversation,” Nash said. “But I’m also fine having nothing to do with it.”

Nash is one of the most honest and genuine players in the game today, even sometimes to a fault. He caught some grief when he admitted he would be returning for the final year of his deal no matter what the situation was where his health was concerned, because he wanted that last $10 million owed to him on his current contract — something anyone in his situation would have done without thinking twice.

The Lakers have interviewed mostly veteran candidates for their head coaching vacancy, which likely means that Mitch Kupchak believes he can overhaul the roster sooner rather than later. No matter which direction the team chooses to go, however, it’s unlikely that Nash, at this stage of his career, will have any involvement in the process. And he’s fine with that.

  1. SBoy - May 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Um, why is this even an article? Aging veteran, not a Laker lifer, either won’t play or play close to his level next season… Is there anyone on the universe surprised by this? If Nash was still in Phoenix and was expected to play a major role in the teams success than there would be story…

    • nycalldayz - May 31, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Gotta get clicks, buddy. NBA bloggers gotta eat too.

      • therealhtj - May 31, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        It was an exciting headline – until you got to the part about “coaching search.”

  2. spyder9669 - May 31, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Way to act like the Suns AREN’T better than the Lakers right now. Nash would be a bench player in Phoenix. He is currently better than all of the Lakers PGs and most of their other scrub players for that matter.

    • jimeejohnson - May 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Almost any team is better than the Lakers right now, except the Knicks.

      • sportsfan18 - May 31, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        it’s a race to the bottom and the Fake Show and Knickerlosers and neck and neck

  3. jpstyles314 - May 31, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I hate when people have injury shortened careers. I also hate when people get to the end of their career and an injury takes derails what should be a feel good story. With a different coach and better luck, the Kobe, Nash, Gasol, Howard led Lakers should have made more noise (all of them were injured at some point that season) that year. Gasol was used as a stretch four(dumb coaching, hell most of the people on this site could do a better job), Kobe was averaging 22yo minutes (35-47) on legs that had more mileage than his age suggested (another bad coach decision, Kobe really willed them into the playoffs, but he paid a terrible price for it), Nash was just injured (somehow the coach had didn’t mess this up) and Howard was injured the whole year (but some people acted as if he was 110% at the start of the season), and was not used correctly (another problem that the coach couldn’t answer).

    What was the coaches plan? Run, gun, play de-er, offense, only offense, never mind Kobe, Gasol, and Howard were all good at defense (no slouches). The offensive scheme consisted of running, and getting the ball to Kobe. I can’t blame Howard for leaving, he knew they wanted to keep the coach who never showed any ability to use him, Gasol, and Kobe to their strengths. Nash was one of the people I wanted to see get a title before he retired. They had the pieces, but bad luck and bad coaching robbed Nash of what was his best and last chance. sucks

    • spursareold - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Injury shortened careers? Steve Nash is FORTY! How much longer do you envision his career lasting?

      • jpstyles314 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        What I meant by that is he is not able to leave on his on terms. He has had a long productive career, but his body gave out before he was ready to leave. Let me use Duncan as an example. Duncan has had a long career and has accomplished big things many never could, but if he got injured bad enough to consider retiring a year or two before he was ready, that would be what I consider an injury shortened career.

  4. jzone954 - May 31, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    50$ says kb24 predicts the next lakers coach soon…

    • sportsfan18 - May 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      who cares who the next Lakers coach is…

      I mean… Mike Brown… Strike 1

      Mike D’Antoni… Strike 2

      This coach… Strike 3

      The Lakers, surprise folks, will NOT be good this coming season… and they won’t be good regardless of who the coach is…

      yes, a good coach might get them a few more wins than a bad coach but no coach is worth 15 to 20 games or anything in a season…

      the next Lakers coach doesn’t matter…

      and it won’t until KoMe is retired…

      • musician0785 - May 31, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        Fake show….Knickerlosers…kome. Your nicknames need work….

  5. mnsadsportsfan - May 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    All he has to worry about is cashin those checks. He is done well done. Why do you even write stories on him anymore?

  6. adoombray - May 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Laker fans thought they were getting championship runs with Nash, and all they got out of him were those terrible pity party “real as reality TV” youtube videos. He’s running around with his smoking hot new girlfriend (people in SoCal have seen this first hand) counting his millions and couldn’t care less about the Lakers. He’s one of the top 20 highest paid NBA players ever, there’s no reason he should pretend to feel bad

  7. campcouch - May 31, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    He’s got alimony and child support to pay,of course dude is coming back for $10 mil. Heck,after that we might see him coaching. Get paid Canuck!

  8. kamauthabiti - May 31, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    and why the hell would Nash have anything to do/say about hiring of a Laker coach???? he is a only a momentary Laker, plus he has not helped the Lakers one little bit.

  9. asimonetti88 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:39 AM

    Considering who the last two coaches were, we might be better off with Nash as coach!

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