Steve Nash practiced on Monday and said he hopes to be back by Christmas.
That’s right, folks. It’s almost time.
Mike D’Antoni’s offense is complex. However, at its core, a special Canadian runs the offense. He starts the ball in motion and returns to move the ball if it gets stuck.
Steve Nash is a rather special Canadian man.
He can out-dribble just about every other human being on the planet, which is why he is on contract to play point guard of the Los Angeles Lakers past the age of 40.
At his best under D’Antoni, Nash shot slightly above 53 percent from the field. For his career, Nash is 49 percent, so there is not much more to be said than Nash will probably make at least one of every two shots he takes.
He is a gifted man, that Steve Nash. The truest test of pure-shooting ability is the most practiced shot in basketball: the free throw.
Steve Nash is statistically the best free throw shooter of all time. Behind Nash is a hall-of-fame list with Rick Barry at number three, Ray Allen at number five, Scott Skiles at number eight, Reggie Miller at number nine, and Larry Bird at number ten.
At 1,621 makes from 3,790 attempts, Steve Nash is also the greatest three point shooter in the history of the NBA (minimum 1,000 made). Wesley Person, Dana Barros, Mike Miller, Dell Curry, and Allan Houston all make the top ten on that list—behind Nash.
So far this season, Kobe Bryant is topping his personal career numbers in nearly every shooting category. Presumably, Kobe looked over and realized he’s even not the best shooting guard on the Lakers. So, Kobe got to work.
Now, it is almost time for Kobe to just be a shooting guard and hand the ball over to the point guard with the fifth most assists in the history of the association—only 217 behind one Earvin Magic Johnson.
It’s finally almost time. It may be time to start getting excited, Lakers fans.