That is fantastic work. By Grantland and by the filmmaking companies.
More importantly, it doesn’t work if Steve Nash doesn’t open up about coming to the end of his career and his fight to get back on the court.
We often try to paint professional athletes as two dimensional figures, guys who are there to entertain us and win us our fantasy leagues. This brings you a real, gritty, three dimensional Steve Nash as he winds down his career — not a whitewashing tribute, but the reality of how his (and other) careers end.
Most professional athletes can have a brutal honesty about themselves and those around them, something not always expressed publicly. Most are aware of their limitations, what others do better than them, what they do that works in the game (whether it be the NBA or NHL or NFL) — Steve Nash lets you in to see that honesty at work. That he knows he’s not the same player, that his mobility has changed. That he sees the darkness creeping in on his career and that he wants to rage, rage against the dying of the light. That he wants one more good run at it.
We also get a peek at the kind of work he has done to return from the nerve root problem that has essentially stymied his Lakers’ years. What he thought he was walking into 20 months ago and the reality of the team now are radically different, and as a competitor he wants to change that tide. His body just betrays him, it will not let him.
I normally like to say “if you read one thing today make it this,” but today I’d say if you watch on thing today, make it this Steve Nash piece from Grantland.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams getting a D-League affiliate franchise this season. The Windy City Bulls will play in the suburb of Hoffman Estates, and now they have a head coach: North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz.
Via Upside & Motor‘s Chris Reichert:
Lutz was previously linked to the Bulls’ D-League job in July but there was confusion as to whether he would actually get the job. Now, it appears he has. And he has familiarity with the coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Fred Hoiberg in 2010-11, prior to going to NC State.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.