MIAMI BEACH — Lakers guard Steve Nash caused controversy this season in Los Angeles by his absence.
Nash, 40, missed most of last season with injuries, and barely played this season.
Lakers fans and sports radio talkers have been clamoring for Nash to be gone, partly because — injured or not — he’s not been there to mentor young players in a dire need of guidance.
Lin has the ideal situation in Los Angeles with the ability to soak up the knowledge from the greatest point guards of all time in Nash while playing alongside five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant in the backcourt.
We first met him back in August, 1999 when he trained with the team for the first time at our former training HQ at Spurs Lodge, Chigwell.
The game has exploded."It’s a fantastic time to be able to watch, especially with the renaissance of this famous old beautiful Club as one of the top clubs in the world." After 18 years treading the boards at the very top level - over 1,200 games in the NBA - how was Steve handling one of the toughest changes in his life - retirement?
"It’s very difficult and something all sportsmen go through," he explained.
Seventeen years on, and he was back, this time at Hotspur Way, our world-class training facility.
This time he's a recently retired basketball great.
"You wake up and wake up to see what is going on in ‘Spurs land’ and from across the pond it’s so easy to follow the team now through social media and the internet and cable TV, it’s even better to be a fan now."When I was a kid, you’d have to hope it was a Spurs game on in Canada at 5am in the morning on the west coast, I’d get up with my kit on with my dad.
Nowadays, we can get it all."I can see every Spurs match in the Premier League and Champions League.
Born 7 February 1974 in Johannesburg, South Africa of British parents who raised him in Canada, Nash made his money with the Dallas Mavericks, where he had a six-year, £22.6m contract.