Mar 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 143-107. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Nash doesn't need say in Los Angeles Lakers' decisions


The Los Angeles Lakers are still without a head coach, which is just one of the many questions they have to address in the offseason.

The future of Steve Nash, who has had his career derailed by injuries since joining the Lakers, is one of those questions.

However, the most important question at the moment is who will be their next head coach.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Nash doesn’t believe there is a front-runner for the job and doesn’t need any say in the decision.

“No kind of front-runner,” Nash told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday when asked about the current coaching candidate pool while on the set of NBA TV’s upcoming documentary “The84Draft,” for which Nash is the narrator. “To be honest, I’ve tried to get away and clear my mind, and hopefully clearing my mind will help my body. So I’m kind of just sitting back and not getting involved in the process — even emotionally — and just waiting to see what they decide.”

Nash’s stance is the opposite of that of fellow future Hall of Fame backcourt mate Kobe Bryant, who already has publicly pined for a seat at the table when it comes to deciding who will be roaming the sidelines for L.A. next season.

Nash, entering his 19th and presumably final season in the fall, said he would not seek out general manager Mitch Kupchak as the Lakers continue to conduct interviews.

“I’m completely happy to have a conversation,” Nash said. “But I’m also fine having nothing to do with it.”

Nash appeared in just 15 games last season. He averaged 6.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game.

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  • hookedonnews

    Not sure why they would ask Nash about the coaching situation, although he’s certainly as knowledgeable as anyone in the NBA. He’s going to be gone after this season barring a miracle.

    This team is in a unique situation–no coach and only 4 players sure to return next season (counting Marshall). It would probably be better to have a coach in place and try to acquire players who fit his coaching philosophy. You could do it the other way around, but a coach should have some input in player selection even if it’s unofficial.

    They need some stability at the coaching position. Whoever they hire should represent the future of the Lakers and not just some interim coach.