Lakers' Nash keeps rolling along

Posted: February 09, 2014

On the day he turned 40, Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers had high praise for one of the young up-and-coming fellow point guards, 76ers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

The two point guards met for the first time during Friday's game between the Sixers and Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center.

"He has been a terrific rookie and exciting for the league," Nash said about Carter-Williams, following the Lakers morning shootaround. "It's exciting for us old guys to see young guys coming into the league and doing so well and bringing something new to the game."

Nash is only the fourth point guard in NBA history to play at 40 years old, joining Bob Cousy, John Stockton and Jason Kidd.

This season Nash played in the first six games, but then was sidelined with a back injury until returning Tuesday to play nearly 25 minutes in the Lakers 109-99 loss at Minnesota. He didn't play in Wednesday's 119-108 win at Cleveland, but was in the starting lineup against the Sixers.

"It's pretty awesome to be suiting up in the NBA tonight at 40-years-old," said Nash, now in his 18th season. "When I think of the alternative, not that it would be bad to not be playing, but this is pretty cool."

Sixers coach Brett Brown had a simple pregame message when telling Carter-Williams about Nash.

"He is Steve Nash, that is what I tell him, I don't care if he's 60, he's Steve Nash," Brown said before the game. "He is so special and over the years you couldn't guard him."

Hitting the road

After the Lakers matchup, the Sixers have a three-game road trip before the all-star break. They visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, Golden State on Monday and Utah on Wednesday.

After that is a little break for the players.

"It's a time you can use a breather," forward Thaddeus Young said. "I' am actually going to Puerto Rico and enjoying my days off in the sun."

Depleted lineup

Besides not having Lower Merion's Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee) and Pau Gasol (strained right groin), among the other injured Lakers were two former Sixers. Jodie Meeks and Nick Young.

Meeks is out with a sprained right ankle and Nick Young has a left knee injury.

Young, who played last season with the Sixers, suffered his injury during Wednesday's win in Cleveland.

"I wanted to get out and play against them, talking trash with Spence [Hawes], Evan [Turner] and Thad [Young] and have some fun," Young said laughing. "I went out and bought a suit jacket because I want to be out there [on the bench] and talking trash."

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