Kobe Bryant isn’t the only Lakers player who isn’t getting a say in the team’s coaching search. Point guard Steve Nash said that he is focused on his recovery from a back injury, not picking the team’s next coach. Via ESPN L.A.:
“No kind of front-runner,” Nash told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday when asked about the current coaching candidate pool while on the set of NBA TV’s upcoming documentary “The 84 Draft,” for which Nash is the narrator. “To be honest, I’ve tried to get away and clear my mind, and hopefully clearing my mind will help my body. So I’m kind of just sitting back and not getting involved in the process — even emotionally — and just waiting to see what they decide.”
Nash’s stance is the opposite of that of fellow future Hall of Fame backcourt mate Kobe Bryant, who already has publicly pined for a seat at the table when it comes to deciding who will be roaming the sidelines for L.A. next season.
Nash, entering his 19th and presumably final season in the fall, said he would not seek out general manager Mitch Kupchak as the Lakers continue to conduct interviews.
“I’m completely happy to have a conversation,” Nash said. “But I’m also fine having nothing to do with it.”