Before July 4th, 2012, there had never, ever been an excited Lakers fan when Steve Nash was coming to town. In fact, what everyone felt was most likely sheer terror.
Whether he was a Phoenix Sun or a Dallas Maverick, the perennial All-Star would come to LA with the expressed purpose of dissecting the Lakers defense and doling out assists that would sink any chance of free tacos. He was magnificent in every way, with a lifetime average of 15 points and almost 9 assists against the Show in addition to countless back-breaking, game-clinching shots. Watching Nash was like witnessing a well-choreographed boxing match–gorgeous, fluid and brutal, all while getting socked right in the face.
So when Lakers fans learned that he would be the team’s new point guard, they were both relieved and excited. One of the team’s biggest scourges was now one of their own, another piece of what many figured would be a championship puzzle. Dwight Howard joined the team a month later and fans began to make plans for a June parade. It was a genuinely exhilarating time to follow the team that many had figured had drifted past its championship contention window. I can remember stopping the festivities that Fourth of July, cutting out all…intake in order to concentrate and write an article for Silver Screen & Roll. It was glorious.
Almost two years later, here we are. And Lakers fans everywhere are right back to absolutely…reviling Steve Nash.
(To be continued at SS&R)