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Some will protest that Steve Nash deserves to be at the All-Star game in some kind of honorary, "thanks for all you've done" capacity, but let's be honest.
The guy gets to finish out his legendary career chasing rings with the Los Angeles Lakers, because the league has made salary caps structurally irrelevant thanks to nifty devices like sign-and-trades and trade exceptions.
No one should feel too sorry for this guy.
Others will protest that Nash is actually set to have one of his best seasons in years on account of all the talent surrounding him.
There are a few problems with that narrative though. First, Nash won't be handling the ball as often. Even on a team where Kobe Bryant dominates the ball less frequently, he'll still be handling it plenty often.
Second, Nash's minutes will be tightly monitored. He was held to under 32 minutes per game last season, but that was for a team fighting for an outside shot at making the playoffs. The Lakers' mindset will be entirely different—they know they'll be in the playoffs, and they'll just want everyone healthy once they get there.
Nash will be 39 years old when the postseason rolls around, and L.A. will do everything in its power to spare him the back pain that caught up to him at times last season.
No, none of this means you'll see Nash for a few 20-minute cameo performances, but it does mean his numbers are likely to slip one way or another (even if his effectiveness doesn't slip at all).
It's also worth nothing that four of the five guards selected to the West's All-Star team last season played the point.
It's hard to see that happening again with guys like Eric Gordon and James Harden coming into their own at the 2, and of course there are plenty of up-and-coming point guards (Ty Lawson, Stephen Curry, Jeremy Lin, Goran Dragic) who will be vying for those spots too.