What Steve Nash Can Look Forward to at Age 41 Next Season

As the oldest active player in the Association, Steve Nash presents something of a roulette wheel—you never know when he’s going to show up, but there’s still the long-shot possibility of a payoff.

Nash, who turned 40 in February, may have played his last game of the season for the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday. Or perhaps, he may not have.

You just never know.

It seemed as if the legendary point guard had been shut down for the remainder of the schedule in mid-March. Instead, he surprised many by coming back. This past Friday, it appeared that once again, his season was coming to a close.

But as Dave McMenamin for ESPN Los Angeles wrote after the game, that might have changed:

By the end of the night, after seeing Nash do his thing for 19 minutes, if you didn't know that No. 10 for the Lakers was a 40-year old who has been ravaged by nerve damage in his back and hamstrings the last two years you would say L.A. had a promising backup point guard on its roster.

And while he was a no-show in the subsequent Sunday mismatch against the Los Angeles Clippers, there’s still five games left, including Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets.

The Lakers could use another body—Xavier Henry will have left wrist and right knee surgery on Friday, while Kent Bazemore will have surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right foot from an injury suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

It has been that kind of season for the Lakers, and then some.

Over his last 10 games Nash has averaged 5.8 points and 8.5 assists. His point average for 14 games so far this season is 7.1, compared to his career average of 14.1. But while those scoring numbers place him toward the bottom of the Lakers' shoot-happy squad, they don’t paint a total picture.

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