The Los Angeles Lakers will see the return of Steve Nash sooner than they expected, as he'll play Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors, rather than waiting to come back on Christmas Day, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
Even though Nash has only scored nine points and had eight assists in his 50 minutes with the Lakers this season, excitement abounds, as would be expected.
Not only is he coming back to join a team that has won three games in a row (to varying degrees of critical acclaim and derision), but he's joining a coach who he knows very well.
Nash and Mike D'Antoni spent four years together with the Phoenix Suns, including the 2007 season when they were a part of what was arguably the best team of the 2000s to miss out on the NBA Finals.
With the return of the wily old point guard, Los Angeles finally has somebody to run the offense and potentially keep it from stagnating for long stretches throughout games.
Nash is going to help the team's flow more than anything, but there are are a handful of members of this Lakers team who will benefit more than others.