Without Steve Nash, Is There Any Hope for Mike D’Antoni?

The remainder of Steve Nash’s career may very well have an influence on Mike D’Antoni’s stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The former Phoenix Suns head coach was selected as Mike Brown’s replacement early in the 2012-13 season, despite the fact Phil Jackson seemed inclined to coach the Lakers.

Given the success that D’Antoni had enjoyed with Nash during their days in Phoenix, the front office opted to pair them together in what should have been a successful partnership.


Steve Nash with the Lakers

Steve Nash fractured a bone in his leg in the first few games of the 2012-13 campaign and as a result, he missed a substantial chunk of the season. In addition, he dealt with other ailments that also forced him to miss some time.

Thus, his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has hardly been a smashing success. It’s worth noting that when the former two-time MVP finally suited up in Los Angeles, he did not resemble the player that Mike D’Antoni coached with the Phoenix Suns.

Nash’s skills deteriorated to some extent and in turn, the coaching staff decided to put the ball in the hands of Kobe Bryant. The five-time champion orchestrated the offense while Nash mostly became a glorified spot-up shooter.

Many expected that would change in 2013-14 with Bryant missing the start of the season due to an Achilles tear. Instead, Nash has battled confidence issues and injuries once again.

His body has betrayed him to the point that he is reportedly considering retirement.


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