Bring up the name Steve Nash to Lakers’ fans and prepare to get some blowback about draft picks, injuries, and, essentially, a bunch of regret. But, while Nash’s time on the court couldn’t have been more difficult, his time off it did lend itself to some Lakers’ success, especially when he started to work out with Jordan Clarkson.
Well, it seems Nash is taking these skills north to the new darling of the Pacific Division:
ESPN sources say two-time MVP Steve Nash finalizing agreement with Golden State to join Warriors as part-time player development consultant
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 15, 2015
I’ve no clue whether such a role was ever discussed between the Lakers and Nash. Considering Nash is based in Los Angeles and, as noted above, had a history of providing tutoring to Clarkson, I would hope it would have. When you consider the Lakers also just drafted D’Angelo Russell who, after summer league ended, said he would like to work out with Nash…well, let’s just say this announcement that Nash will likely work with the Warriors is disappointing.
Based on Stein’s report, there’s no additional background about how this might affect Nash’s workout sessions with any Lakers’ players. I’d be hopeful he still might find some time to offer some gym time to Clarkson and Russell, but if that’s not the case, the Lakers have seemingly missed out here.
I’m not here to proclaim Nash as some savant who can instantly transfer his skills to other players. But considering some of the growth Clarkson showed in his game after working with Nash (and his proclamations he would work out with him more this summer), there’s evidence he knows a thing or two about teaching the game. And the Lakers — a team which once employed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to help with the development of Andrew Bynum — maybe better than others, should know the benefits of having a former legend help out with young players.
Maybe it wouldn’t have worked out between Nash and the Lakers, but I sure wish we would have gotten the opportunity to find out. Especially after learning the Warriors will.