Steve Nash Hits Epic 10,000 Career Assists Mark Against Houston Rockets
Coming into the season, Nash had totaled just over 9,900 assists, and breaking his way into the exclusive 10,000 dime club was inevitable as long as he was able to stay healthy.
Well, he did break his leg earlier on in the season, but he has healed up nicely and his contribution to the Lakers is just about what they expected.
Nash came into the game with just five assists to go, so it was more or less expected that he would drop that fateful dime in this game.
With seconds left in the second quarter, Nash dropped a pass in to Antawn Jamison, who was able to easily drop it in for a wide-open layup off the faked pick-and-roll.
As expected, Twitter was beside itself with people patting Nash on the back and giving him all the kudos he deserves.
Congrats to Steve Nash for becoming 5th player to dish out 10,000 career assists. (Stockton, Kidd, M. Jackson, Magic).— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 9, 2013
Nash's 10,000th assist was pretty cool. Another chess victory on the pick and roll— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) January 9, 2013
Of course, Nash still trails Magic Johnson, Mark Jackson, Jason Kidd and John Stockton for the all-time lead in assists.
It's entirely possible that he could end up passing Johnson and Jackson before the end of this season, and he could catch Kidd before he retires, but Stockton is likely way out of reach for Nash.
With this assist, he crashed the 10,000-assist barrier just a few weeks shy of his 39th birthday.
Stockton was able to play until he was 40 and ended up with an astonishing 15,806 assists.
Hey, second place would be nothing to bat an eyelash at, however.
The only thing that disappoints me about the entire thing is that it was Jamison, and not Robert Sacre, that ended up putting in the bucket for the 10,000th dime. He and Sacre seem to have really strange but fun chemistry together.
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