Steve Nash isn’t the healthiest he has ever been in his career and he isn’t getting any younger. Because of those two factors, there is a good chance that the Los Angeles Lakers could be limiting his minutes next season by placing him on a minutes cap.
Lakers trainer Gary Vitti spoke with Mike Trudell of the Lakers official website to discuss a number of topics, and one of those discussed was the Nash situation moving forward.
“I think he’s going to come back in great shape, and then it’s all about how he’s used. You don’t want to beat him up in practice. Save it for the game, figure out the appropriate minutes that put him in a successful situation. The example I use is Robert Horry, where we played him a lot of minutes, and it was difficult for him to recover and be productive at his age. But he goes to San Antonio, plays 18 minutes a game, and the guy was an unbelievable force off the bench for them. I think if we figure out how best to use Steve, he can be the same way.”
With the uncertainty of Dwight Howard’s future with the team and Nash’s injury history and age to go along with Kobe Bryant coming off of a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Lakers are in serious trouble heading in to next season.
There are a lot of questions that need to be answers, so we have a feeling the Lakers could and will be dominating the headlines this offseason.