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“We’re excited to see what we can make of ourselves. We really are going to try for the second consecutive year to find chemistry and identity, but we’re excited for it, so we’ll see.”

Nash said he isn’t letting go of the bad memories from last season, using them instead as motivation for the coming year.

And when the new season starts, he said he wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Bryant _ who tore his Achilles’ tendon in April _ not just ready, but raring to go.

“I don’t think he’d have it any other way,” Nash said. “I know he’s very focused and determined and he plans to come back as strong as ever, probably in record time.”