The oldest player in the league, Steve Nash, celebrated getting a day older when he turned 40 yesterday. Thankfully he was also able to celebrate with a Laker win and a decent performance that included a move we would expect from a 30 year old Nash.
“You’re around him and you marvel at what he does,” D’Antoni said of Nash. “The way he works every day, you watch his speed and he’s about the same speed he was at 30 years old. He’s not real blinding, but he knows how to play. He plays a little bit, he’ll get his legs and he’ll start knocking more shots down.”
One of the shots he did get down came off an awesome behind the back dribble that almost broke Evan Turner’s ankles and allowed the 40 year old to make a wide-open layup.
“I thought I could play well, I could contribute,” Nash said. “At this point, I don’t take anything for granted. It’s a grind for me to get ready to play every day. I’m just thrilled I can move out there without restriction and help my team.”
Nash finished the game with a game-high 19 points to go along with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Last season, Nash only had 4 games of 19+ points.
“He’s a great player, always under control, uses his screens well. I can learn a lot from him,” Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams said.