Steve Nash

Another reason Nash chose L.A.? Future movie career.


The primary reasons Steve Nash is a Laker are he could be close to his children who live in Phoenix, there’s ‘s the chance to contend with Kobe Bryant, and there’s the money (three years, $27 million). Put those in whatever order you deem appropriate.

But after that, there’s his future in movies.

Not necessarily on camera (although Nash does do some amusing videos with his production company). But he has a production company that he wants to grow after he retires, and now he is in Los Angeles. There are more people that can help his business in the first three rows of a Lakers game than in all of Toronto (no offense, Canada).

That was not lost on industry trade publication The Hollywood Reporter, which did a story on him Friday.

The flashy point guard, who was traded to the Lakers on Wednesday after eight years with the Phoenix Suns (the deal becomes official July 11, per NBA rules), runs a production company, Meathawk, with his cousin, Ezra Holland.

Their first feature, Into the Wind — about the life of Terry Fox, an amputee who attempted to run across Canada for cancer research in 1980 — debuted at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and aired as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series….

Meathawk has done ads for Nike, VitaminWater, Toyota and EA Sports, some of which have featured the basketball star.

Was it a deciding factor for Nash? No. Will the Canadian deny it was a factor? You betcha.

Did it hurt when the Lakers were making their pitch? Not in the least.

Pelicans signing center Jerome Jordan

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Through the first two weeks of training camp, the Pelicans have seen their frontcourt depth decimated by injuries to Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik, both of whom are out for a few weeks. A deal with Greg Smith fell through after he failed a physical. Now, Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re signing former Knicks and Nets center Jerome Jordan as a short-term solution:

Jordan has only played 65 games in his career and hasn’t been spectacular, but the Pelicans need a body while their two centers are out. Anthony Davis will spend some time at center, but considering the contracts Asik and Ajinca got this summer, Alvin Gentry clearly plans on playing him at power forward as well, and they need a center to at least fill time before Asik and Ajinca get back.

Kevin Love unsure about opening-night return

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He’s back in practice with the Cavaliers, but there’s still no clarity on whether Kevin Love will be available for the season opener. Love had shoulder surgery in April after suffering a torn labrum in Game 4 of the Cavs’ first-round series against the Celtics, and doctors initially gave him a timetable of four to six months for a return. The six-month end of that is right around opening night (October 27), but Love still doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to play against the Bulls—although he is hopeful.

Via the Sporting News‘ Sean Deveney:

“I feel pretty good,” Love told Sporting News. “As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can.”

Love has been cleared for 3-on-3 practices, but not yet for 5-on-5. If it were up to him, he’d be back on the court, but he understands he needs to follow the rehab protocol for his injury.

“(Six months is) just a ballpark figure that has generally been thrown out there by anybody who has talked about the rehab process for this kind of an injury,” Love said. “I like to think that I am ahead of the game, but there’s different tests and the due diligence that the doctor will go through and the training staff will go through. So all I can do is go out there every day and attack my rehab and hopefully I will be able to go out there and help these guys as soon as possible.”

At the very least, the Cavs will be without Kyrie Irving (still recovering from knee surgery) and Iman Shumpert (out up to three months with a wrist injury), and probably Tristan Thompson too, unless his contract situation changes unexpectedly. So having Love available would be some much-needed good news. But it’s more important that Love (and everyone else) is healthy for the playoffs. If he’s not ready to play, there’s no need to rush back for an October game.