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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:33 am

^^^ OK have to be honest here ..... made me nervous too thinking about it when I read it was going to happen. But.... it's over and no harm done.

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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:53 am

I think Nash is going to have a very good season; his minutes need to be limited, we need to attempt to put in a scheme to mask his deficiencies; nevertheless, he'll have more of an opportunity to prove himself in an offense that will be more fluid and free-flowing.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:10 am

I'm very looking forward to the impact he will make on Farmar. I completely believe Farmar wants to learn as much from him as he can. Even in Blake's later years in the league I'd like to think others thought last year he looked a little trickier himself with the ball, from being around Nash?
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby therealdeal on Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:23 am

LTLakerFan wrote:I'm very looking forward to the impact he will make on Farmar. I completely believe Farmar wants to learn as much from him as he can. Even in Blake's later years in the league I'd like to think others thought last year he looked a little trickier himself with the ball, from being around Nash?

I definitely agree. I thought Blake looked like he picked a lot up from Nash in his limited time. Hopefully Farmar can do the same.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:00 pm

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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby LTLakerFan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:12 pm

Who doesn't think Farmar wants to play a lot of starting point guard for the Lakers going forward in their future starting now. His dream. He knows where he needs to get better. He has Dan as well who is good for point guards. But he does finally have some good athleticism with skills that we need consistently at the 1 since forever, can dictate pace and is not afraid of the big shots. So not like Nash having to take him from square one.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby therealdeal on Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:38 pm

I just hope that Farmar's time away from LA has matured him as much as it appears that it has. I hope he's rounded his game more and that he tries to be more of a prototypical PG instead of a scoring PG like he wanted to be while he was here.

He's got the tools to maybe be around here for a while. I hope he gets it. Asking Nash for help is a great place to start.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Ariza3 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:06 pm

Mike Trudell: I'm checking out a Lakers scrimmage at the practice facility; everyone on the roster but Gasol/Kobe are playing (Farmar was here earlier). Twitter @LakersReporter


Mike Trudell: Among those looking good so far are @Steve Nash and @steveblake5. Nash is moving well, shot looks pure as ever. Twitter @LakersReporter
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Ariza3 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:08 pm

Nash gave access to all parts of his life to producer/director Michael Hamilton and the film will include interviews with President Barack Obama, Ron Howard, David Beckham, Snoop Lion, Doug Ellin, David Blaine, David Stern, Wilson and NBA players Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Yao Ming and Baron Davis. More film information is at www.nashthemovie.com. Arizona Republic
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Battle Tested20 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:16 pm

Ariza3 wrote:
Mike Trudell: I'm checking out a Lakers scrimmage at the practice facility; everyone on the roster but Gasol/Kobe are playing (Farmar was here earlier). Twitter @LakersReporter


Mike Trudell: Among those looking good so far are @Steve Nash and @steveblake5. Nash is moving well, shot looks pure as ever. Twitter @LakersReporter


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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby XXIV on Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:55 pm

That's good news. Now no more freak injuries for either of them please.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby karacha on Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:58 pm

I can't wait to see Nash play basketball again. I just love his way of creating shots for others and himself. Hopefully he will be healthier, just watch his minutes.

And yes, I also believe Farmar will learn from him.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby live and die in LA on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:01 pm

With Farmar and Blake there is no reason Nash should be playing excessive minutes. Just have to hope for a clean bill of health.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby therealdeal on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:06 pm

karacha wrote:I can't wait to see Nash play basketball again. I just love his way of creating shots for others and himself. Hopefully he will be healthier, just watch his minutes.

And yes, I also believe Farmar will learn from him.

Blake STARTED the season looking world's better just because of a few weeks with Nash. I expect Farmar to pick up tips like a sponge.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby karacha on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:11 pm

^

True.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:29 pm

therealdeal wrote:
karacha wrote:I can't wait to see Nash play basketball again. I just love his way of creating shots for others and himself. Hopefully he will be healthier, just watch his minutes.

And yes, I also believe Farmar will learn from him.

Blake STARTED the season looking world's better just because of a few weeks with Nash. I expect Farmar to pick up tips like a sponge.


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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Ariza3 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:09 pm

You could watch Blake play and see him emulate Nash's moves pretty well with good success. I full expect Farmar to do the same with an athletic stronger twist on it. A full training camp will really help especially if Nash is healthy going in
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby nthydro on Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:32 pm

Anyone else see the irony in our PG situation?

When we had Farmar we all complained about him.

We were happy when we got rid of Farmar and replaced him with Blake.

We got tired of Blake and was happy to get Nash.

After last season, a lot of people complained about Nash and wanted him gone.

And now...all three of them are playing together :man10:
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby karacha on Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:15 pm

Yes, but Blake is playing really well for MDA. Not the best coach in the world, but he has a way of making certain players better. Blake is a good example of that.

Farmar is a different player now. Plays under control, shoots extremely well and is more mature.

Nash is a beast, plain and simple. He still is, when healthy. His D sucks, but he still has surprising speed and quickness for a 39/40 year old, and his body control and shooting technique are second to none.

His problem is health, nothing else. Most of us here like Nash... when he can play. :man10:
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby JSM on Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:33 pm

Dave McMenamin of ESPN wrote:Steve Nash recently received a memo from the NBA that served as both an honor and a reminder of the challenge he'll face as starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers: Nash, who will turn 40 in February, is officially the oldest player on a league roster as the 2013-14 season opens.

While the two-time MVP and eight-time All-Star isn't about to succumb to Father Time just yet as he prepares for his 18th season, his team is planning on cutting back his playing time to save him for the long haul.

According to Nash, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is considering adopting a model similar to how San Antonio's Gregg Popovich manages Tim Duncan by giving him games off to rest throughout the season even when healthy.

"Mike mentioned it to me," Nash told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Friday during a sit-down interview on the eve of the first day of Lakers training camp. "I'm open to it. Obviously I'm not the type of guy that's going to look at the schedule and see which games I can miss -- that's never occurred to me -- but if there's a way that we can make the season better by missing a game here and there, I'm open to it."

The Lakers play 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, including four in March, when the dog days of the season can wear on players' bodies. D'Antoni told Nash that those could be opportunities to give him a night off.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak also said this week that Nash's playing time should be cut back on a night-to-night basis this season.

"We're not expecting 35 minutes a game from Steve," Kupchak said, adding that the offseason acquisition of Jordan Farmar should give L.A. options when Nash is out.

"With Steve Blake and Jordan and Steve Nash, we're hoping that the combination will give Steve Nash some rest where we won't have to rely on him 100 percent," Kupchak said. "He's 39 years old. You can't play a guy like that 35, 40 minutes a game. I don't know what the number is. I don't know if it's 25, 28, 31 [minutes], but I think we have some players we can go to and give him a rest."

Nash was wary about placing an arbitrary cap on his playing time before any games have been played.

"I think 30 minutes and above is kind of similar territory," Nash said. "I mean, what's the difference between 30 and 34 and 32 [minutes]? I think that stuff's hard to accomplish anyways.

"It's a hard one. Mike [D'Antoni has] always said that. When we try to limit the minutes, he's the first to say, 'I can't do it. I'm trying to win.' So, we'll see how it goes."

Indeed, at D'Antoni's introductory news conference after joining the Lakers, the coach said, "I'm going to say that we got to take care of [Nash], cut his minutes down, him and Kobe [Bryant's], and every time we want to win, they're going to play a lot. That's just the way it is. If I want to win, he's going to play."

Nash played 32.5 minutes per game last season, averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 assists. But he missed 32 games because a broken left leg and nerve damage to his hip and hamstring that stemmed from the leg injury.

He received three epidurals to try to quell the nerve discomfort before having to shut down his season prematurely before the Lakers were swept out of the playoffs by the Spurs. The injury continued to linger so long that Nash said he was worried about his NBA future during the early part of the summer, but he has since made a full recovery. The veteran guard said he has been "100 percent" for the past three weeks and even played full-court five-on-five scrimmages at the Lakers' practice facility a handful of times during that span.

"I feel good," Nash said. "I don't want to discount that age is a factor, but I also don't want to overindulge in it. I take care of myself, I work hard, I prepare and I feel great, so I'm sure it is a factor in some capacity, but at the same time, I don't want it to have to be limiting if it doesn't have to be. I think the only way to find out is to prepare and play and see what happens."

Nash said the Lakers' fate this season remains undecided.

"I think the thing about our team, there's just so many question marks," Nash said. "Health: me, Pau [Gasol], Kobe. All these kind of role players, how's the chemistry going to stack up? Like, what do they really got? Because none of them are guaranteed entities where people were seeking them out for multiyear deals. So it's like, what can they really provide?"

Nash was unsure when Bryant would return -- "It sounds like it could be any time from the start of the season to Thanksgiving or Christmas," he said -- but had full confidence in the shooting guard's chances of recovery from a torn Achilles.

"I'm sure he'll do everything possible to come back, and if I had to put my money on it, I'd say he'll exceed expectations," Nash said.

Staying optimistic, Nash said one thing the Lakers already have going for them is an early camaraderie from most of the team participating in voluntary workouts together during the past month.

"There's some nice little chemistry forming, I think. That's potentially an upgrade from last year in that department, so that's nice," Nash said. "We got to play well, have a good year, and we got to find a chemistry. Chemistry has got to be a real strong suit for us. We got to find a real rhythm together."
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby therealdeal on Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:17 pm

He doesn't sound very confident in us. :man10:
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Lakerjones on Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:20 am

therealdeal wrote:He doesn't sound very confident in us. :man10:


No, but to be fair, this isn't exactly what he signed up for with us. He was hoping to win a championship at long last. He knows as well as anyone else that this is not a contender. He's one hell of a competitor, though. He'll give it the best he can. I just think the cold, hard reality is hitting him that he may not ever get that chip. That window is closing rapidly and the current squad does not have the personnel to get there.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby therealdeal on Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:50 am

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therealdeal wrote:He doesn't sound very confident in us. :man10:


No, but to be fair, this isn't exactly what he signed up for with us. He was hoping to win a championship at long last. He knows as well as anyone else that this is not a contender. He's one hell of a competitor, though. He'll give it the best he can. I just think the cold, hard reality is hitting him that he may not ever get that chip. That window is closing rapidly and the current squad does not have the personnel to get there.

Maybe. But heck, this isn't what the Lakers signed up for either. If he wants out, I'm sure the Lakers would find a partner for him. He doesn't owe us anything. I wouldn't have any grudge if he requested a trade.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby karacha on Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:27 am

Steve Nash wrote:"There's some nice little chemistry forming, I think. That's potentially an upgrade from last year in that department, so that's nice," Nash said. "We got to play well, have a good year, and we got to find a chemistry. Chemistry has got to be a real strong suit for us. We got to find a real rhythm together."


This is going to be the most important thing, right there. I will not hold it against them if they are not one of the best teams in the west. But I want to be entertained, and with good chemistry... we'll see some fun basketball this season. Of that, I am sure.
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Re: Nash Discussion: ESPN LA 710 radio interview (160)

Postby Toklat on Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:10 am

He is just trying to hold down optimism... he knows with farmar on the team we have a good shot...lol seriously though, he knows we could be much better than advertised. A lot of these young guys are going to feel like they just got off the winding mountain road and hit the flats...
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