Veteran NBA Point guard Steve Nash has been long gone for the season, hurt before he could make an impact this season for the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. He's been publicly battered for his driving range VINE (if he's injured and out for the season, why is he swinging a golf club with good form?), and now Coach Byron Scott said that Nash did not return his call after asking him to be a mentor for the team despite being a savvy veteran that could help the team grow immensely. Young guys like Jordan Clarkson and Jeremy Lin could use some development from one of the best to ever play the position. Certainly Nash isn't setting a great example for a fellow injured-Laker, rookie Julius Randle. The last thing the Lakers need is another Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom. Maybe it's an LA syndrome. Guys go to LA, get hurt, and don't do much for the team afterwards.
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There is word that Nash could be traded, since he's nothing but dead weight on the salary cap. But that would be surprising. He can't even sell tickets because he's too busy away from the team. What would be less surprising? His career may be over, the public image of a long-time icon tarnished by an ungraceful end to a legendary career.