EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – When Steve Nash was a Canadian teenager moving down to Santa Clara to accept his only scholarship offer 21 years ago, he never could have imagined his remarkable NBA career would lead to the dubious honor he's getting this fall.
The Los Angeles Lakers' 39-year-old point guard is the oldest player in the NBA, he recently learned. And it isn't an achievement that's going on the mantel next to his two MVP trophies.
Although Nash has no more than a few gray hairs at his temples, his 18th NBA season will be all about fighting back time. He's completely healthy after injuries essentially scuttled his debut season with the Lakers, but his age and mileage already have coach Mike D'Antoni talking about limiting Nash's minutes or even getting him to take days off during the season.