07/11/2013 01:44 pm ET

Steve Nash On Dwight Howard Decision: 'We Didn't Really Have A Chance'


Steve Nash revealed that he was not optimistic about the Lakers' chances of re-signing Dwight Howard before he joined a meeting with the free agent earlier last week. By the time he left, however, he felt a bit more like Lloyd from "Dumb And Dumber." He thought there might have been a chance.

"Frankly, I thought before the meeting, we didn't really have a chance and I'd like to think that after the meeting we had a chance," Nash told Steve Mason & John Ireland of ESPN LA 710 on Tuesday. "Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn't comfortable here and didn't want to be here and I think if he didn't want to be here, there's no point for anyone in him being here."

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After Nash, Kobe Bryant and coach Mike D'Antoni met with Howard, the star point guard told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times that he felt "really positive about it." That feeling proved to be fleeting as Howard chose to sign with Houston after his single tumultuous season in Los Angeles, one Nash described as a "disaster."

"I just looked at both teams and I felt like Houston was going in one direction -- they got a lot of young players, they got a good coach in Kevin McHale and I just felt like having him as a coach, he could really help me in the post and help me develop like I want to," Howard told after making his decision.



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