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Steve Nash says he’s open to helping recruit free agents to Lakers


There is a certain segment of the Lakers fan base that will always hold a grudge against Steve Nash.

L.A. traded away four draft picks in order to get him, and health concerns prevented Nash from ever coming close to living up to the three-year, $28 million deal that he signed.

But on Nash’s end, he knows he did everything possible to try to come back from the multiple injuries he sustained.

Speaking at his retirement press conference on Tuesday, Nash had nothing but positive things to say about his time in Los Angeles, and is open to helping the Lakers franchise in any way he can moving forward — which includes participating in free agent pitches.

From Mark Medina and Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News:

Nash still left relishing his Lakers experience because of the front office and training staff providing endless support. So much that Nash said he would help with any free-agent pitches this offseason.

“Who knows what the future holds, but I’d love to see the franchise come back in full form,” Nash said at a press conference on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “I’m definitely open to helping out.”

It’s unlikely that words from Nash would by themselves be enough to sway the opinions of any significant free agent players; things like market size, current roster construction and the ability to win immediately are all more important factors than a former player’s endorsement.

But should he be a part of an overall recruiting pitch that convinces a star-level talent to sign in Los Angeles, those fans that are unhappy with how things played out may begin to show signs of forgiveness.

Steve Nash reflects on career: “My story is something that kids can learn from”

Steve Nash

Steve Nash stood in front of media members Tuesday, talked about his decision to retire, and looked back on a career that has him destined for the Hall of Fame.

One that from the start was maybe the most improbable of the MVP, Hall-of-Fame, franchise cornerstone careers in all of the NBA. Nash sees that as an inspiration, as reported by David Leon Moore of the USA Today.

“That’s what makes my story interesting,” Nash said. “I had one scholarship offer. I was never a sure thing. I had to overcome a lot to get to the level I got to. There were a lot of ingredients, but the key ingredient was hard work. My story is something that kids can learn from and relate to. It feels good to be able leave that behind as my story.”

Nash spoke of his story in the way a guy looking to get into film should speak of narrative, with reverence. Nash’s story is that of a guy born in South Africa, raised in Canada, and who on the surface lacks the physical tools it would take to be an NBA superstar. He’s not tall or long, nor can he leap out of the building.

But Nash worked as long and hard on his game and his body as anyone in the league (something seemingly lost on a few Lakers fans in recent years). He genuinely loved the game. With Don Nelson and the Mavericks, we saw one of the best offenses ever when Nash was paired with Dirk Nowitzki.

Then with Mike D’Antoni and Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix, they revolutionized the game. Their tempo, their free-flowing offense heavy on pick-and-rolls with shooters spacing the floor has been copied by every smart coach, smart team in the NBA for the last decade. The last three titles — two in Miami, one in San Antonio — went to coaches who admitted borrowing from those Suns teams.

Nash said the words that have flowed in from peers since his announcement have meant a lot.

Of course, Nash has had to come to terms with never having won a ring.

“For sure, there’s a lot of disappointment not to win a championship,” Nash said. “At the same time, I definitely left it all out there. There have been a number of players with tremendous careers who haven’t won titles. They probably feel similar. They wish they could have taken a title, but that final step wasn’t to be. I played on some great teams and had a lot of success. I just wasn’t able to get over the hump a few times.”

Nash battled back issues through the second half of his career, and nobody worked harder than him to stay on the court. That included his last three years in Los Angeles, but the nerve issue from a broken leg never could get right and kept him off the court for the Lakers for most of that time.

Some Lakers fans ripped him for that, although not the thinking ones. And not the ones he spoke to.

“There’s a lot of negativity on line, but I’ve never had anybody in L.A. say a negative thing to me in person,” he said. “A Lot of people here have shown a lot of class and been incredibly gracious, and that starts with the Lakers organization. I was treated incredibly in my time here, and I will be forever grateful for that. Sometimes the Internet becomes our reality until you realize that that’s not at all how it is in flesh and blood.”

Nash was nothing but classy as a Laker, as he was throughout his career. If there were a Hall of Fame for the good guys in sport, he’d be a shoe-in.

As it is, he’s a shoe-in for the other Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

And he will go down as one of the great, unlikely superstars in NBA history.

PBT Extra: Where does Steve Nash rank all-time among point guards?

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Steve Nash is destined for the Hall of Fame.

That much is a certainty after his official retirement over the weekend. The next questions concern his legacy, and that’s what Jenna Corrado discuss in the latest PBT Extra.

Nash, along with Mike D’Antoni, helped alter the landscape of the NBA. That said, he doesn’t have a championship ring, and his MVP awards were controversial at the time. So what is the legacy of Steve Nash? Where does he rank on the all-time point guard list?