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Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday, Michael Carter-Williams gets to guard Steve Nash, the NBA's only 40-year-old


Friday, Steve Nash turned 40. He’s the oldest player in the NBA.

What does that mean for the guy tasked with covering him, Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams?

“He’s Steve Nash. That’s what I tell him,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “I don’t care if he’s 60. He’s Steve Nash.”

A two-time league MVP, Nash has been a shadow of himself in his one-and-a-half years with the Lakers. He’s played only seven games this season, while dealing with nerve problems with his back.

Still, he knows a thing or two about using what he’s got. Nash, in his 18th season, has nearly as much NBA experience as the Sixers’ starting five, which collectively has 22 years under its belt. Before Friday’s game against the Sixers, Nash was going through a pregame workout routine that would’ve elicited a smile from a fitness guru like Brown.

“He is so special and what I learned over the years is you couldn’t guard him,” Brown said. “He would sniff a pick-and-roll scheme out, and pick it apart. I learned you couldn’t show him a steady diet of anything because he learned his way to navigate through it.

“With Michael, I hope his length can bother Steve. I hope Steve plays his age. But his fitness level, his pride, he’s so intelligent … and he is just one of my personal all-time favorites.”

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