It’s been a trying season for the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers. Veteran Steve Nash joined the team in the summertime because he thought he’d have a chance to make a title run in L.A., but Nash and his talented teammates are just fighting now to make the playoffs. Nash isn’t losing faith, but he isn’t denying it’s been tough on him, his teammates and especially their coach.
Steve Nash joined PrimeTime on Fox Sports Radio to discuss the state of the Lakers, the tough position head coach Mike D’Antoni’s in, injuries creating frustration, their inconsistent season and the team’s approach to the playoff race.
On Mike D’Antoni having a tough time this year:
“I wouldn’t say he’s happy with where we are, just because it’s been a coach’s nightmare in a lot of ways. You’ve had a lot of guys either injured for great stretches, unfamiliar with one another, no training camp to really get the necessary hours in and finding our balance and who we are as a team. So I know it’s disappointing for him and frustrating because he hasn’t been able to really have a full shot at it.”
On injuries taking a toll on this team:
“The team has been frustrated we’ve had so many guys injured. You forget, Jordan Hill’s been out basically the whole year. I missed seven weeks with a broken leg. Steve Blake missed a ton of time. … Dwight’s been in and out a little bit. … So it’s been frustrating.”
On why this team has lacked consistency:
“We’re not without our flaws, for sure. Although it looks good on paper, there are some flaws to our team. We know we could be a little more athletic. We could be maybe a better shooting team. … I think the biggest problem for us this year has been all the injuries and change.”
On the team’s mentality right now:
“I wouldn’t say panic, but with our backs against the wall we need a sense of urgency.”