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Lakers point guard Steve Nash turns 40 years old today

Steve Nash turned 40 years old on Friday.

In his 18th season, Nash is the oldest player in the NBA.

Teammate Kobe Bryant (13th overall pick) was selected in the same 1996 draft as Nash (15th pick). But Bryant came into the league as a teenager and is four years younger than Nash.

The veteran point guard joined the Lakers two summers ago but has struggled with injury since breaking his leg in the second game of the 2012-13 season.

After playing six games to start the current season, Nash sat out almost three months with nerve issues in his back.

Nash made his return on Tuesday, playing 25 minutes against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He scored seven points and had nine assists.

The two-time NBA most valuable player is under contract for one more season at $9.7 million.

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