How much fun would it be to watch the NBA's oldest player, newly-freed from crippling nerve pain for the first time in two years, do the things that made him so great for one final basketball ride en route to his inevitable spot in the Hall of Fame?
Two seasons ago in Phoenix, the two-time MVP was still "himself," which on the court translated into 10.7 assists per game and 53.2 percent shooting, not to mention teammates exceeding their own expectations thanks to an excitement to be on the court next to the then 38-year-old Canadian.
Fast forward to Oct. 31, 2012, Nash's second game as a Laker, when he broke his leg in Portland. That crack...
"When Kobe Bryant first approached Nick Young about working out together in the summer, Young admitted he was nervous.
But when they started watching video of past games with the Lakers and Bryant began to explain the nuances of basketball, Young said he started to become a student of the game.
“I was a little nervous at first,” Young said Monday at the Lakers’ media day. “I didn’t know what he was going to talk about. But having one-on-one time with Kobe is crazy. I got comfortable and just learned a lot from him.”
Young led the Lakers in scoring last season, averaging a career-best 17.9 points in 64 games.
He shot 43.5% from the field, 38.6% from three-point range.
But Young said Bryant wants more out of his starting forward this season with the Lakers, who start training camp Tuesday.