EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Steve Nash is learning about much more than just his new city and new teammates during his first few days with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The two-time MVP point guard is also learning an offense that’s like nothing he has ever run in 16 NBA seasons.
“I think we’re all learning as we go,” said Nash. “It’s going to be a lot of learning early, but really the cohesion and the connectivity of the team takes an entire reason, so this just the important first steps of building blocks.”
The Lakers are incorporating major elements of the famed ball-movement schemes known as the Princeton offense into their game plan this fall.
Coach Mike Brown realizes he’s taking a risk by installing an offense relying on sophisticated passing and reactions. He believes the Lakers have the veteran personnel to make it work well.
Nobody is more important in that quest than Nash, who’s among the best pick-and-roll players of his generation.
“It’s completely opposite. We have multiple post players, which I’ve never really played with,” said Nash after practice. “We have the ability to go in a number of different directions, whereas in Phoenix we really relied on the pick-and-roll. We have great pick-and-roll players here, but we also have the ability to go inside or go into Kobe”
Nash says he’s already enjoying the challenge to change his game.