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.