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05-13-2014, 01:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Crede777 View Post
I wonder what impact Hitchcock had on Nash's development.

Obviously the only person Nash has to blame is himself. That said, Hitch came in at a pivotal point in Nash's development and challenged him to focus on defense first. If he had had a different style coach, would Nash have become a perennial 40 goal, 80 points guy? Would it have made no difference? Then again, there are a TON of what if's with Nash.
Doubt it would have made a difference. If anything Hitch demanded more effort from Nash, and that's the part of his game he lacks the most today. Last year with Torts still in NY he had, at least, a very good regular season before failing to elevate his effort for the playoffs. This year he had a very mediocre regular season, which would have been abysmal if not for an 11 game hot streak right before the Olympics, and his effort level has been lower than ever. I doubt that Hitch created that flaw.

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