New Laker Steve Nash got over 'major hurdle'

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Steve Nash knew the scene was more than a bit surreal when he stood in the Los Angeles Lakers’ training complex, grinning and holding up a gold No. 10 jersey with his name on the back.

Newly-acquired guard Steve Nash (left) signed a three-year deal to play for GM Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers. Playing for L.A. was something he 'never foresaw.'  REED SAXON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
REED SAXON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Newly-acquired guard Steve Nash (left) signed a three-year deal to play for GM Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers. Playing for L.A. was something he 'never foresaw.'

“Being here right now is something I never foresaw,” Nash said Wednesday. “That (jersey) was a major hurdle for me just to get over visually as a player.”

The two-time MVP will get used to it. After spending the past 16 years trying to beat L.A. in Phoenix and Dallas, Nash is switching teams to chase NBA titles alongside Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers formally welcomed Nash on Wednesday, a week after reaching a three-year, $27 million deal to get the superstar point guard from the Suns.

“It’s a franchise that I think everybody would dream of playing for,” Nash said. “It’s an exciting project, to say the least.”

MAGIC: Orlando, at least for now, is keeping its center.

The Magic can’t find an agreement they like for All-Star center Dwight Howard, who has asked for a trade to Brooklyn. The Magic tried to accommodate, only to find nothing from the Nets that fit their desires.

NETS: Center Brook Lopez has agreed to an extension with Brooklyn.

Lopez had been linked to the Magic in trade talks for months, but now knows he will at least begin the season in Brooklyn. He is ineligible to be traded until Jan. 15.

Lopez was limited to five games last season because of injuries, averaging 19.2 points.

SPURS: Re-signed Tim Duncan, bringing back the 36-year-old forward for at least a 16th season.

Terms were not disclosed, though Yahoo Sports cited anonymous sources in reporting it was a three-year, $36 million deal.

HEAT: Shooters Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis inked their deals with the NBA champions.

KNICKS: Jeremy Lin will be staying put, in New York and as the Knicks’ starting point guard.

Coach Mike Woodson repeated Wednesday that Lin will “absolutely” be back next season and will enter training camp as the starter at his position, even with the Knicks agreeing to a deal with veteran Jason Kidd.

• Acquired center Marcus Camby from Houston in a sign-and trade deal and re-signed guard JR Smith.

New York sent Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan and two future second-round picks to the Rockets for Camby.

TRADE: The Golden State Warriors agreed to send Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-team trade that will net guard Georgia Tech guard Jarrett Jack from the New Orleans Hornets.


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