The Mavericks kick off their playoff run this Sunday against the Spurs, though no one is expecting them to get very far. Over on Grantland, a new mini-doc raises another question: How far could the Mavs have gotten if Steve Nash didn’t leave the team in 2004?
The video follows Nash, who battles back to the court after a bad injury, talks about his solitary nighttime shoot arounds, shares memories of his career, and has dinner with old pal Dirk Nowitzki. During that dinner, Nash asks his rookie year roommate if he thinks they could have won a championship together or if Dirk would be fighting to get back into the game like Nash. It’s a somewhat melancholy affair, with body-broken Nash wrestling with the imaginable impossibilities of would-haves and could-haves—shared speculations at what, with each subsequent year, feels more and more like the looming end of an era.