Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash has no regrets despite a season, his first with the team, that has teetered on disaster.
Even with the Lakers' record (28-30) and position in the standings, 2½ games out of the Western Conference’s eighth playoff spot, he told USA Today that he would never consider it a mistake to have left the Phoenix Suns for a three-year, $27 million deal in L.A.
"Ten out of 10 times, I make the same decision again," Nash said, according to USA Today. "I've gotten to see my kids probably four times as much as I'd seen them if I'd have gone back East. That's first and foremost. Second of all, it's a great experience to play for the Lakers organization. ... I'm happy here.
"I'm beyond playing for the credit or the adulation. I feel secure in myself as a player. I just want to help this team, regardless of what it means for me personally."
Nash, a two-time league MVP, has built that reputation over a 17-season career of being a hard worker willing to do anything to help his team.
And he's reinforcing that rep in every Lakers game now as he plays off the ball, giving up his customary playmaking guard duties to superstar Kobe Bryant as the Lakers struggle to reach the playoffs after preseason predictions of domination.
These days, Nash, 39, handles roughly half the playmaking duties, and his assist numbers show it: In the 16 games since friend and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni changed his role, he is averaging 5.5 assists per game, scarcely half his average over the last eight seasons.
But the Lakers have won 11-of-16 games.
Steve Nash has no regrets despite Lakers' struggles, his changed role
SportingNews.com | Feb 28