Steve Nash is frustrated
The normally calm and collected 17-year veteran, Steve Nash, is finally showing some signs of frustration this season. After enduring what has been one of the most injury-plagued seasons of his career, the physically broken point guard is suffering from back issues, hip issues, and hamstring issues. When the former MVP was asked how frustrating this season has been for him, Nash replied, “Right up there, if not the most frustrating. I've played a long time, so I can't remember all those years, but it's frustrating. Maybe it's because of the freshness, but it feels the most frustrating for sure."
The Lakers are loaded with talent, but they haven’t been healthy all season and are now fighting for the 8th seed in the playoffs. In the midst of his frustration and injuries, Nash has maintained a positive and optimistic attitude. "For me, I always just try to keep my head down and keep pushing and fight and try to get better to help the team," Nash said. "I feel like that allowed me to come out of the seven weeks (following the left leg injury) and play after two practices, which is not easy, but it was because of the hard work. When things weren't going well with the team, I just tried to work and try to get better and we got a little better there through February and March and now I'm back struggling and just fighting to get better again."
If the Lakers do make it to the playoffs, Nash is the missing piece for them to win a championship. None of the superstars on the Lakers are totally healthy, but there are hardly any teams in the league that are totally healthy at this point in the season. Winning a NBA championship has as much to do with skill as it does health. The NBA season is a battle of attrition and if the Lakers are going to be contenders, they need Nash to push through his injuries much like his teammates, Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace.