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Lakers News: D’Antoni Expects Steve Nash To Be Out Another 10 Days Reviewed by Momizat on . Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash hasn't played since he had to leave the floor against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 10 and it started retirem Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash hasn't played since he had to leave the floor against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 10 and it started retirem Rating:
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Lakers News: D’Antoni Expects Steve Nash To Be Out Another 10 Days

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash hasn’t played since he had to leave the floor against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 10 and it started retirement talks for the 39-year-old guard.

Nash hasn’t looked comfortable the entire season as he’s shooting just 26 percent from the field and averaging a pathetic 6.7 points and 4.8 assists in six games. However, according to Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, head coach Mike D’Antoni says Nash could be returning shortly:

Things got so bad for Nash that it was reported that he was contemplating medical retirement, but all indications are that he’ll try and get back on the floor for the Lakers. Coming into the season, Nash said on several occasions that he owed it to the Lakers and Laker fans to have a productive season after a horrible 2012-13 campaign.

In his absence, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar have filled in admirably with Blake averaging close to 12 assists in the last four games. When Nash does return, it’s possible it’s in a reserve role as D’Antoni said coming into the season that he wanted to limit his minutes regardless. Lakers reporter Mike Trudell also mentioned that Nash will join the Lakers after their three-game east coast trip next week. Still, at his advanced age, Nash can provide solid minutes for the team, but it’s undecided in what capacity it’ll be in. _______________________________________________________________________________
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  • Gregory Choa

    Honestly, I think there is a real role for Nash, assuming he’s beat this nerve damage to his back, playing 0-12 minutes a game…starting the 1st and 3rd quarters before ultimately giving way to Blake & Farmar to divy up the remaining 36-38 minutes in the game. But if the injury is causing him real discomfort, or wreaking havoc with his real skill sets, he should hang ‘em up and he and the Lakers should apply for the medical retirement exception.
    He doesn’t owe the Lakers or the fans anything – what happened, happened…there’s no shame in it whatsover. But, if he’s playing pain-free, then I really think he can help this team get off to solid, smart starts to begin halves.

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      Paying a guy 9 mill for 10 minutes a game?

      • Gregory Choa

        10-12…but yeah, why not? So what, you’re overpaying him…BFD…dude’s a Hall-of-Fame’r…he’s almost 40! OK, make it 15 minutes a game and let Blake and Farmar, split up the remaining 33…depending on who’s playing better that night. Point is, I still like the idea of having a guy like Steve Nash around to start games and start 3rd quarters coming out of halftime…and, sure, maybe in crunch time in a close game.

        • C*HarrisTHEboss

          Why would you put in a PG who is an absolute liability on defense in a close game? your logic makes no sense bro – so what if dudes a Hall of Famer – he hasn’t played one HOF caliber game for the lakers yet. We need to come out in the first quarter with ENERGY – and a 40 year old hobbling PG is not the answer on any level. Even Michael Jordan knew when he was no longer effective on the court. The only real way Nash helps us is if he takes D’Antoni’s job as Head Coach.

          • Gregory Choa

            Because, and again – this is assuming he’s playing pain and injury free – I trust Steve Nash with the ball in his hands more than I do our other PGs (although it should be said that Blake is impressing me more and more with every game). Defense is a team business, you can’t solely depend on Nash to stop the great point guards in this league.

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            IMO – steve blake has become a more capable ball handler than Nash is in this stage of his career – Nash averaged a turnover per 10 minutes of play in his games so far this season. I agree defense is a team business – but having a member of the AARP guarding the quickest position on the floor will cause everyone else to constantly collapse and open up easy shots for the other team. Sorry bro, he is not the answer on any level. He was great – however now he is (at best) a shell of his former self and we would be better off as an organization to bank the money we owe him for next season rather than chase this imaginary dragon of steve nash’s past.

          • Gregory Choa

            And, how is it exactly that you propose to “bank the money we owe him (this and) next season”…force him to retire??? He says he’s not ready to retire. He commands a roster spot on this team. We’re already paying him $9m over the next two seasons. You can’t just let him go… or forcibly retire him… or ask for your money back… You can if a doctor has determined Nash’s injury to be “career ending” and a “medically unacceptable risk”. This in turn is determined by the league and the union, not the team or the player. Nobody is sure the severity of Nash’s injury would qualify, but who knows…maybe the Lakers can get lucky, but it sure doesn’t look like we’re headed in that direction.

          • hookedonnews

            The idea that Blake is a better ball handler than Nash is just not true. And I have seen plenty of people running right past Blake (just like I’ve seen them running past every other player in the league). I’m glad Blake is playing well, but if your want to talk turnovers look at Blake’s numbers and when those turnovers occur. The team is obviously better off with a healthy Nash AND Blake. There’s no guarantee that Blake will be injury free the rest of the season. He missed more games than Nash last season. We need all of our players.

          • hookedonnews

            He’s not going to be playing if he’s hobbling. Apparently you didn’t see the game against the Knicks last season when he returned from the broken leg or the game against GS when he made the winning shot or the game against Indiana when Kobe didn’t play (plus a lot of others). The problem with comments like yours is that they are not based on facts. Nash was limited last season by Dwight Howard’s refusal to run pick and rolls and by a number of other factors too numerous to go into which had nothing to do with his skills. He came within 0.3% of another 50/40/90 shooting performance last season. The team was decimated by injuries and never had an opportunity to develop a chemistry. This season Nash didn’t play in the 4th quarter of the Spurs game, and the Lakers lost. He played in the 4th quarter of the Hawks and Rockets games and they won. That’s why you want him on the floor at the end of a close game. He’s a whole lot less likely to make the crucial turnover than Blake. He’s the one who changed the play and helped set the screen that gave Blake that wide open shot at the end of the Houston game.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers have famous fans that pay big $ for great product.Gotta be 100% healthy to return.

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      fuck george lopez and every fake ass celeb fan we have – only real ones are jack, andy garcia. and the RHCP

  • Jim213

    Don’t expect things to chance though it be best tp have him healthy (value) but may likely need to sit out the season to address the issue.

  • Gregory Choa

    BTW, just want to say…that Serena Winters is a stone cold FOX (and a heck of a reporter!) …horn-rimmed glasses and all! …grrrr, baby, GRRR!!!

  • hookedonnews

    Nash has not contemplated retirement. Time to stop repeating that fiction. When he returns he’ll be starting. I don’t think there’s any debate about that among the players and coaches. His minutes can be limited if necessary, but he’s not going to be coming off the bench. He just needs to get healthy before he returns.

    • cj

      i do believe he is thinking about retirement. but as i have said before it wont be tell the offseason and it only happens if he cant come back and play regularly

      • hookedonnews

        If you saw the game Friday night, he made it clear that he’s not considering retirement. I think it’s unlikely that he won’t be able to come back at some point this season. He said he wants to finish out his contract.

        • cj

          i dont see him on the lakers next season. if its retirement or trade i dont think the lakers want 9+ mill on their books for a 41 year old pg

          • hookedonnews

            Next season is a long way off. If Nash is able to come back and play well I think he’ll be back. If not, who knows? I think it all depends on how this season goes, and how effective he’s able to be. I think it’s too early to predict. If he’s able to play, I don’t think D’Antoni would want to see him leave. I think a lot of fans underestimate the value of Nash. Of course, he has to be able to get healthy enough to get out there and play. This season has barely started. There’s a lot of time left to figure all this stuff out, for Nash and for the team.

          • cj

            i also dont see mike being our coach next year.

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t agree. Barring some total collapse of the team, I think he’ll be there. I think he’s done a good job everything considered.

          • cj

            the lakers want melo badly and i dont see him playing for mike again so i see them firing mike so they can try to get melo.

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t know how badly they want him. Personally I don’t think he’s worth the money. He’s injury prone. Denver was a much better team after he left. Mitch Kupchak has said they don’t fire coaches to please players. I guess it remains to be seen.

          • Gregory Choa

            I’m sorry…tell me again why the Lakers “want Melo” so badly??? This team has developed some amazing chemistry, they’re sharing the basketball really effectively, and they’re playing some great team defense…all things that a guy like Carmelo Anthony would bring to an immediate, screeching halt.

          • Guest

            this team wont win a chip built like this. the lakers will make a run at melo.

          • Gregory Choa

            The Lakers can’t AFFORD to make a run at ‘Melo because they still need to figure out a way to extend Kobe…and that’s going to involve getting Kobe to play for about half of what he’s making now, while still keeping him the highest paid player on the team…and that’s not happening if the Lakers take on a contract like Anthony’s.

          • cj

            this team wont win a title as they are right now. the lakers will make a run for every free agent this off season.

  • Leo

    Guys, he is done. He and everyone should accept that. Finito. It might take him months to fully recover if at all. As most of us, I also love him. It would have had been great to had him on our team while he was in his prime. Great player, great character, hall of famer. But now, even he if comes back, he would be a defensive liabilty (always was, but now even better). Cant defend the elite point guards (like Parker, Irving, Rose etc. not even Jennings) and has no chance again 2 players (e.g. Harden, Wade etc.) He is a pure shooter, I real delight to watch him shoot, but became very inconsistent since the injury.

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