After months of setbacks and disappointments, Steve Nash looked great in his second game back in the Lakers‘ lineup last night. The all-time great played 29 minutes on his 40th birthday, scoring a season high 19 points. After the game, Nash said, “I love the game and when you realize it’s almost gone, you love it more,” per Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA. He here’s a look at what else is happening with the Lakers and around the West:
- Lakers center Chris Kaman told reporters he doesn’t care if he’s traded before the February 20 deadline, according to another article from McMenamin. “I honestly don’t care,” said Kaman, who has been frustrated with a lack of playing time much of this year. “It’s not something that I want to do, but it’s not going to make me go to sleep at night and have to stay awake all night tossing and turning thinking about it. I don’t care. If they want to trade somebody, trade me, trade the next guy, it don’t bother me. It’s part of the business. The sooner that you realize it’s a part of the business, the better off you’re going to be.”
- Shawne Williams opened up to reporters about his recent return to the Lakers via a 10-day contract, per McMenamin in another piece. Williams was toiling in the D-League before an injury to Nick Young created a need on the Lakers. Of his initial release by Los Angeles a month ago, Williams said, “It was like a funeral. It was like somebody died. I ain’t even going to lie.”
- Despite the fact that disgruntled Nuggets point guard Andre Miller is selling his home in anticipation of being dealt, Denver GM Tim Connelly tells Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post that nothing “definitive” is planned for Miller’s future. “It’s not ideal,” Connelly said. “I talk to Andre quite a bit. It’s a situation where we have to make sure whatever decision we make it’s the best for the organization.” Many thought that injuries to point guards Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson would force the team to go ahead and reactivate the veteran, but that didn’t happen and Lawson has returned to action.
- Ken Berger of CBS Sports adds to the analysis of the Knicks/Nuggets trade centered around Carmelo Anthony three years ago, painting a fairly bleak picture for both organizations. Berger agrees with the sentiment that there is no clear trade winner yet, but notes that both teams have messy, less than ideal roster situations that have been compounded since the deal. The Nuggets lack what they gave up–a true superstar–and the Knicks have depleted their assets and still have combustible elements swirling around the future of Carmelo and coach Mike Woodson.