Steve Nash: Traveling man?
Or something like that.
The back-and-forth between the Suns’ Steve Nash and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has been one of the more amusing subplots in the seemingly endless lead-in to the Western Conference finals, which start, mercifully, on Monday at Staples Center.
(Of note, Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum did not practice on Sunday, but Bryant did do some shooting before the full-on scrimmage.)
Back to Jackson and Nash. A refresher: On Friday, Jackson was asked if it was difficult in practice to simulate playing against Nash.
“Yeah, because you can’t carry the ball like he does in practice,” Jackson said. “Can’t pick that ball up and run with it.”
The Lakers’ Pau Gasol had an interesting response when asked if he agreed with Jackson.
“Well, a lot of players kind of carry the ball,” Gasol said on Sunday. “They just hold it a lot. If all the carries were called, if all the traveling were called … there would be more long boring ... more of a game.”
Idle thought: No, we do not need those TNT games to get any LONGER.
Gasol added of Nash: “I don’t think he carries the ball that excessively or as noticeable as other players do.”
Another idle thought: The Lakers’ practice HQ happens to be on Nash Street in El Segundo. Hmmm ... street already named after Steve Nash and they haven’t played a game yet.
Photo: Suns point guard Steve Nash protects the ball from Spurs guard George Hill during their series last week. Credit: Eric Gay / Associated Press