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Steve Nash broke the hearts of Phoenix Suns fans last summer by leaving to pursue a championship ring with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite his age, Nash was still seen as a dynamic NBA point guard, and many fans felt that joining the Lakers was the move the Canadian needed to make to attain his first championship.
Instead, the Lakers' 2012-13 season has been an injury-riddled disaster. The struggles for Nash have been evident all year, and following a devastating Achilles injury suffered by Kobe Bryant, it’s not even a certainty that the Lakers will make it to the postseason.
The Nash-Bryant backcourt tandem is phenomenal on paper. The two combine for three MVP awards and 23 All-Star appearances. But they have also failed to complement each other on the court.
Since both Nash and Bryant need the ball in their hands regularly to play their best basketball (Nash to orchestrate the offense and distribute; Bryant to isolate and score), the two haven’t fit well since Nash joined the team.
As a result, Nash is averaging 6.7 assists per game, his lowest since the 1999-2000 season.
Additionally, Nash broke his leg in the second game of the season against the Portland Trail Blazers, forcing him to miss 24 games through November and December. The injury woes didn’t stop there for the 39-year-old, as he’s missed the past seven games due to a combination hamstring/hip/back issue.
Nash is still a great shooter, ball-handler and passer, but age seems to have caught up with him.