Tag: Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Steve Nash calls out twitter troll: “Watch your mouth or temecula”



Steve Nash is a favorite whipping boy of some frustrated Lakers fans who see him as a guy the team spent a lot of money on but has barely played for the team. It speaks to the depth of knowledge of said Lakers fans who: 1) Don’t blame management for bringing in a guy pushing 40 and saying he’s a foundational piece; 2) Do blame one of the most well condition and hard working players in the game because an injury did knock him out.

Nash got called out by one of these “brilliant” Lakers fans on Twitter — and he had the best comeback.

And if you don’t get the Temecula reference, you have some reading to do.

Nash has been out all season with a nerve issue that runs from his back down into his leg. He worked hard at both rehab and trying to train his body to move differently and not aggravate the injury, but to no success.

Nash was on Twitter live-tweeting the big Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester City.

How many things would Kobe change with Dwight Howard? “Zero. Absolutely zero.”

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

Kobe Bryant has become a quote machine since going down for the season with a torn rotator cuff.

Part of it is he’s done a lot of media (to promote”Kobe Bryant presents ‘Muse” his documentary on Showtime, Feb. 28, 9 p.m. ET). Part of it is he’s reached the “I don’t give a s—” phase of his career. Meaning he’ll say he wanted to get traded to the Bulls back in 2007, not the Pistons. Or that it’s the media’s fault he only has one MVP (the media does vote on the award).

One area he has no regrets? The Dwight Howard debacle.

Kobe was on the Grantland Basketball Hour on ESPN and was just being honest in answering questions. Then he was asked if he could go back in time what he would have changed with Dwight Howard (transcription by Eye on Basketball).

“Zero. Absolutely zero. Nothing,” Bryant said.

“Listen, I learned how to be a leader by watching Magic (Johnson), (Larry) Bird, Michael (Jordan) and those guys. They’re relentless; they’re ruthless. For me to give the keys to this kingdom to the next dude that’s going to lead the Lakers organization for years to come, he has to have that same DNA. I can’t be apologetic.”

Most Lakers fans would agree with him.

Kobe and Howard come at the game very differently, and that led to clashes from the start. Although that dynamic was part of a perfect storm in Los Angeles that year which included Howard returning from back surgery too quickly and Steve Nash being injured as well. As things went south that season, Howard took the public blame in LA.

The question is what player lives up to that billing. My guess is if Kobe could pick he’d go with the Oklahoma City guys — Kevin Durant and/or Russell Westbrook. But Kobe doesn’t get to pick, and the buzz is if Durant does leave OKC he is heading East not West. Westbook is a L.A. guy who played at UCLA, but he’s not a free agent until 2017 and in the NBA that’s a few lifetimes from now.

All we know for now is it will not be Howard.

Kobe Bryant on why he has only one MVP: ‘Because the media votes on it’

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

Kevin Durant wants players, not the media, to vote on NBA awards.

He might have an ally in Kobe Bryant.

Why has Kobe won only one MVP award?

Kobe on The Grantland Basketball Hour:

Because the media votes on it.

It was never a mission of mine to win a lot of MVPs. It was to win a lot of championships.

With that being said, does it bother me? Yeah, it bothers me. Of course it bothers me.

Here’s a history of Kobe’s ranking in MVP voting:

  • 2013: Fifth behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul
  • 2012: Fourth behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul
  • 2011: Fourth behind Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard and LeBron James
  • 2010: Third behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant
  • 2009: Second behind LeBron James
  • 2008: Won MVP
  • 2007: Third behind Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash
  • 2006: Fourth behind Steve Nash, LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki
  • 2004: Fifth behind Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Jermaine O’Neal and Peja Stojakovic
  • 2003: Third behind Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett
  • 2002: Fifth behind Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’Neal and Tracy McGrady
  • 2001: Ninth behind Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Karl Malone and Jason Kidd
  • 2001: 12th behind Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Alonzo Mourning, Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Gary Payton, Allen Iverson, Grant Hill, Chris Webber, Vince Carter and Jason Kidd

If there were any year Kobe could claim he was robbed, it’s 2006, when he averaged 35.4 points per game. That was a crowded and fairly even MVP race, and Kobe had as strong a case as several players.

But the biggest reason Kobe won only one MVP: That’s, give or take, how many he deserved. Really, he might not have deserved any.

Just because Kobe was never the clear-cut best player in the league in a single season – and voted the best only once – does not detract from his greatness. His greatness comes from being a top-five(ish) player for a very long time. That’s different than rising to higher peaks and falling to lower valleys, but it’s no less worthy of admiration.

The MVP – an award that covers only one regular season at a time – has limited value in measuring all-time greatness. It doesn’t cover the playoffs or multiple seasons, two factors that work in Kobe’s favor.

Maybe players voting rather than the media would have gotten Kobe another MVP. He’s well-respected among his peers, especially the younger generation.

But, if anything, I’d say the media has overrated Kobe in MVP voting, particularly in more-recent seasons. So, the media isn’t necessarily to blame for Kobe’s lack of multiple MVPs.

The No. 1 factor: Kobe’s lack of a regular season clearly better than everyone else in the league that year. That’s OK, though. One MVP is more than Kobe needs to warrant status as an all-time great.