OAKLAND – Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said he was shocked that Los Angeles Lakers counterpart Steve Nash would miss the rest of the season with a career-threatening back injury.
Both were small-school guards who beat the odds and have become All-Stars in the NBA.
“He’s a guy that I looked up to heavily when I was in college, kind of studied a lot going into my NBA career,” Curry said Thursday. “We had a lot of similarities in how we played the game. But he changed a lot about how the point guard position is played. Obviously two MVPs, he got it done after not really being known coming out of college, so that’s a lot of similarities.
“You hate to see that career end like that, but I’m sure he’s happy with how things turned out after Santa Clara. It’s a pretty impressive resume and definitely a first-ballot Hall of Famer, a guy that we all benefitted from watching him play and playing against him.”
The Warriors’ Shaun Livingston took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Nash.
“Man, to hear the news on @SteveNash is tough!” Livingston wrote. “To win 2 MVPs in this league with his athleticism is a true testament to how skilled he was…
“Most impressively was how he brought people together. A true team player and winner! Point guards, if you want to learn how to run a team, watch clips on Steve Nash. Honor to compete against one of the best to ever run the position! #Salute.”