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If Nash is wearing a suit, then the Lakers are struggling.
Who expected Steve Nash to make this list? Everyone? Yeah, that’s about right.
The Los Angeles Lakers are running out of excuses for their poor play. But they’ll play the “Steve Nash will make everything better” card until he’s back on the court.
When asked how long it will take Nash to fix the Lakers offense, head coach Mike D’Antoni told USA Today’s David Leon Moore: "Give him an hour and a half."
But the real problem facing the Lakers isn’t the offense (107.8 points per 100 possessions, good for eighth overall), but the defense (16th overall) and the lack of effort and fun that's spreading through the roster like a plague.
Knowing that, it’s easy to say that Nash, a poor defender by any metric, won’t help the team. And he probably won’t from a defensive standpoint.
But at the very least, Nash can improve the offense (he’s the reason D’Antoni is in Los Angeles in the first place) and, more importantly, get the Lakers to have fun again.
Here’s the thing: There’s not a single player in the league who doesn’t want to play with Nash. He’s an unselfish, great teammate, and he knows how to get guys the ball in spots where they can succeed. He plays genuinely fun basketball. And really, isn’t that what the Lakers need right now?
The Lakers are getting visibly, openly frustrated with each other on the court. If nothing else, Nash can absolutely improve upon that. Whether that translates to wins…only time will tell.