In case you haven't grasped the theme of this analysis, uncertainty is a word that perfectly describes almost every position for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Sticking with that theme, enter Steve Nash.
At 40 years old, the future Hall of Famer is entering what will likely be the last season of his career. He's coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons, and the hope is that he can simply get through the year without doing too much damage to his body.
Nash could have retired this summer, but he was very candid in his reason for not walking away just yet. "It's just a reality," Nash said in a Grantland.com video. "I'm not going to retire because I want the money."
Whether you agree or disagree with his reasons for staying, Nash is still in L.A., and the debate of starting him is sure to be a hot topic. But while he's earned the right to start based on career accolades alone, chances are we'll see him off the bench by the end of the year, if not from the start.
Whether or not he starts, you know what you're getting from Nash. You're getting a sweet stroke and insane court vision. You're also getting a historically inferior defender who has actually lost a step on that end of the floor.
Then again, all of this is moot if the veteran can't stay healthy. Uncertainty remains regarding Nash, which will be the case until he's played his final game.