COMMENTARY | There's little doubt that the Los Angeles Lakers are having one of the worst seasons in recent memory. At 15-19 and looking up at every team in California not named the Sacramento Kings in the Pacific Division, not much of anything has gone right for Los Angeles.
Bad chemistry between system and personnel, horrendous defense stemming from an un-athletic roster and the effects of father time in the form of slowness and injuries have all plagued the 2012-13 squad.
But for one glorious moment on a night where the Lakers were obviously overmatched against the younger, faster and healthier Houston Rockets, it was the team's oldest player in Steve Nash who took on his MVP form.
This beautifully executed, yet routine play looked like any other pick-and-roll connection between Nash and screener. But the context of what it meant was epic. Nash continued to write his Hall of Fame legacy by joining John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson as the only players in the history of the NBA to reach the 10,000 assists milestone.
NBA fans saw a legend go legend on Tuesday night. He filled up the stat sheet, too, scoring 16 points, dishing out 10 assists and adding five rebounds on an efficient 6-of-10 shooting.
But more importantly, his individual accomplishment was achieved in a purple and gold uniform, and it also made Lakers fans smile and forget about the world of problems that exist in The Entertainment Capital of the world for at least a moment. Instead of a Hollywood drama, it was great theater, if only for a night.
Unfortunately, it will be time to face reality after the nostalgia wears off.
Nash hasn't saved the Lakers season, but he's a big part of their ability to compete as he's a masterful orchestrator of Mike D'Antoni's system. The issues that continue to haunt the team are mostly on the defensive side of the ball, where he hasn't excelled over the course of his storied career. The thought process when he was brought in was that Dwight Howard would help mitigate the deficiencies on the perimeter. But a poor transition game and lack of team speed have literally cost the Lakers games.
Still, Lakers fans should forget about that for a little while and reflect upon the legendary player running the Lake Show offense this season.
Michael C. Jones covers the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. He also writes for SB Nation and is the Editor of Sports Out West.
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