When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns, they had big plans.
But Nash has spent the vast majority of his time with the Lakers injured and despite playing in many games, he’s been far from effective.
The near 40-year-old point guard has been dealing with a handful of injuries during the preseason as well, clearly showing his age. The Lakers know this, so in hops of keeping him fresh, the team plans to limit Nash in back-to-back games.
Head coach Mike D’Antoni wouldn’t completely commit to the idea of benching Nash for sure in those back-to-back contests, suggesting that if another player is hurt, etc, Nash will play but as of right now he seems like a candidate to sit relatively often on back-to-back contests:
“It’s hard to make a definitive answer right now because if one of my other point guards tweaks his ankle, he’s playing,” D’Antoni said of Nash. “If one guy has the sniffles, he’s playing. So, we’ll see how the team goes and we’ll see where we are — where we are in the schedule, where we are in the standings — and see how he does. But the idea is to cut down the number of games and keep the minutes consistent for him, but the number of games come down.”