The legendary player never thought he’d be in LA, but for him, the timing is right.
In the world of sports, trades are a common thing. But for Steve Nash, it is something he is going to have to get used to.
“Being here right now is something I never foresaw,” Nash said Wednesday during his official welcome to the LA Lakers, according to the Mercury News. “That (jersey) was a major hurdle for me just to get over visually as a player.”
In the last 16 years, Nash was trying to beat the team he now calls his own. He said even though he is trying to get used to the change, he is excited for a new chapter in his life.
“It’s a franchise that I think everybody would dream of playing for,” Nash said. “It’s an exciting project, to say the least.”
According to the LA Times, this may be Nash’s first chance to win an NBA championship in his career.
“We have a lot of things to figure out, but I wouldn’t put anything past us,” said Nash. “That’s the goal, to get to the Finals and win it. We just have to work, and the more dedicated, the more unselfish and the harder we work, the better chance we have to beat them and to beat whoever else lays before us and get to the Finals and win a championship.”
Nash didn’t always hope to go to the Lakers. The move is good for him not so much for his career as it is for his children.
“It was definitely difficult,” he said, according to the Mercury Sun. “I knew in Phoenix that the Lakers have been the most hated team for 40 years, so I knew there would be a lot of people that wouldn’t understand. But I’ve played a long time in this league, and I feel like I deserve to make a move that’s best for me and my family.”
Nash was involved in a divorce last April when he had inklings his wife had been cheating on him. He filed for divorce the day after she gave birth, after some major baby drama. The couple had two children together already.
He goes on to say that the move to Los Angeles will allow him to see his children more, and after 16 years in the league, his family is coming first.
“The people I really need not to disappoint are my children,” he said, “and (I’d rather) tell them I’m going to go back East and see them three or four times a year than I’m going to be in L.A. and see them three or four times a month.”