Lakers News: Steve Nash Didn’t Suffer Setback And Wants To Keep Playing Reviewed by Momizat on . On November 9, Steve Nash hobbled off the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves and was later diagnosed with nerve root irritation in his back. While he has On November 9, Steve Nash hobbled off the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves and was later diagnosed with nerve root irritation in his back. While he has Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Steve Nash Didn’t Suffer Setback And Wants To Keep Playing

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On November 9, Steve Nash hobbled off the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves and was later diagnosed with nerve root irritation in his back. While he has been working with his Canadian trainer, the former two-time Most Valuable Player has been out for the past month.

While he participated in a light practice before the Los Angeles Lakers went on their four-game road trip, it was revealed on Thursday that he would miss an additional four weeks. Although most thought Nash suffered another setback, the point guard said that he doesn’t want to rush back and not be able to sustain it via ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne:

While most believe it’s time for Nash to retire, Nash says he is fighting every day to get that joy from playing basketball:

Although Nash worked the entire off-season to get himself healthy after sustaining a broken leg, he dealt with numerous injuries during the course of training camp. Despite the coaching staff’s efforts to keep him out of back-to-back games, Nash still struggled when he was on the court.

With Nash out for another four weeks and Kobe Bryant out for six weeks, it will be a difficult road ahead. However, this team showed that they were able to compete at a high-level en route to a .500 record before Bryant’s return.


ICYMI: Kobe Bryant OUT 6 Weeks, Steve Nash OUT Another Four Weeks


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  • Jose

    PLease call it a career!!! You were one of the best but now father time caught up to you.

  • Bart Is Smart

    Lakers FO made their bed when they traded for Nash,now they must sleep in it.

    • Dragon7s

      There’s that 20/20 hindsight thing, again. smh

  • Daryl Peek

    Steve is a warrior. He’ll fight til there’s no fight left in him. Respect!!

  • Jim213

    Although, many get on his case (myself too) Nash wants to go out his way rather than be forced to retire. Nash wants to play pain free foremost. Have to at least appreciate his effort.

    • Dragon7s

      Can’t fault him for that but at some point he needs to do what’s best for the team and come to the realization that he’s never going to be 100%, not at this point…Father Time is still undefeated.

      • Jim213

        IMO, we should get a sense of direction for Nash next month given he hasn’t played for close to 6 weeks already.

        • Dragon7s

          The thing that has me doubting that he’ll be able to come back is the time he’s been away already, now they’ve extended his recovery date and then he will still need time to work himself into playing shape once he can begin workouts.
          Out 6 weeks already and another 6 weeks or so to get in playing shape?
          I just don’t see it happening.

          Hopefully he can prove me wrong…I’d love to see even a semblance of the old Nash back running D’Antoni’s offense but I’m not holding my breath.

          • Jim213

            What leaves doubt is his nerve discomfort which came after surgery after last season’s injury. If he can’t play he’ll likely scratch the season off or call it quits but management will want a more decisive answer given the time off he’s taken already.

  • GM Jack

    This is not about what Mr. Nash Wants. It is for the good of the Lakers. For that kind of Money, they can amnesty him, and bring someone that can contribute at $9 m per year.

    • Dragon7s

      They can’t amnesty him but they can use the stretch provision on him to reduce the cap hit from his contract and that’s assuming he doesn’t retire, which is looking more and more likely at this point.

    • hookedonnews

      I don’t believe they can amnesty him, and I don’t think they are looking to bring in anyone right now who would play for that amount of money or less. They have already brought in Kendall Marshall. If Nash can come back healthy it will help this team. No reason for him not to give it his best shot.

      • Zimmeredge

        i think they are and that’s the reason why they didn’t not want to splash the cash on a big name.
        different scenario:
        we trade Pau for a defensive minded center and a true pg (if Nash retires on his own, it’s Nash’s last chance to come back).
        or we wait, make a sign and trade Pau for a young draft “a la” Divac.

  • Marty Susman

    Speak about total selfishness. Nash is DONE, he needs to take his money and go out on Medical so the Lakers don’t have his salary on their cap. He still gets his bucks but it helps the jersey in the front office who signed him in the first place.

  • Gregory Choa

    Let’s say Nash is back and playing pain-free in say 4-5 weeks, and Kobe needs the full six+ weeks to recover, and ends up re-joining the lineup for that Feb. 4th game at Staples against the Wolves…that still leaves 35 games left to play – possibly with what was always intended to be the Lakers starting back court… I don’t know about anyone else, but I am still seriously jonesing to see what this Lakers team will look like with Nash & Kobe in the starting unit.

    • GM Jack

      God Bless You Ye Faithful.

      But, Father Time is Merciless. Ruthless. Cruel. And, waits for no one. Not even the Might Old Prophets from the past.

    • Dragon7s

      I’d love to share your optimism and hope that Nash proves me wrong.

      • Gregory Choa

        All I’m saying is that we, as fans, are entitled to and deserving of a chance to finally see this Kobe/Nash backcourt in action…even if it becomes something of a work-in-progress…over the last 2 or two and a half months of this season. Don’t you at least want to see it? Even if it doesn’t result in getting the Lakers into the playoffs?

        • Dragon7s

          Yeah, of course I’d love to see it or any semblance of what could have been.
          Two of my all-time favorite players in the same backcourt?
          Who wouldn’t want to see it? ;-)

          • Gregory Choa

            Exactly! That’s all I’m saying…even in a busted season – as this one is shaping up to be – and even if they both need to play some of the earlier games together still getting their conditioning back, I still say they owe it to us, and we owe it to ourselves, to see it finally happen, and for as long as it can happen.

    • Jeff Grotke

      you and nobody else.

  • jeff

    Even at his best with the Lakers he’s been a shell of himself, father time kicks all our asses. Time to retire and let the team move on.

  • lajeg

    steve nash has been a complete waste of time and money. he says l.a. is’nt a good enough place to raise his kids, yet its a good enough place for him to do nothing and take millions from the lakers. please get rid of him.

    • Gregory Choa

      Dude, you can’t force someone to retire…and you can’t just “get rid of him”… more to the point, why would you want to when he’s under contract and your already paying him? Don’t you want to see him and Kobe playing together in the Lakers backcourt? Don’t you think we owe it to ourselves to see that promise come to fruition?

      • Zimmeredge

        35 an 40 it’s not promise at this stage of their personnal career. 5 years ago… ok. Now they are simple too old to play together.
        and saw them play together. Kobe as the facilitator and Nash as the spot ut shoot in the perimeter. pretty efficient combination but it’s gone now.

        • Gregory Choa

          Well, I still want to see it…and wouldn’t mind at all if it lasted the last two and a half months of the season and came at the expense of losig some games as a result of it not necessarily work out. You say it’s gone now, I say let’s just wait and see…

    • Jeff Grotke

      of course, Nash is almost done. I’m a bit puzzled that he doesn’t come back at least for a few weeks until Farmar and Blake are healthy. He probably will never be a hundred percent, anyhow, he should play NOW, while they desperately need point guards. At least be on the bench. He needs to stop thinking the playoffs are the most important thing..there won’t be any playoffs if they don’t win this month

  • Bojangles

    This nerve root irritation all started after he suffered a fracture in his leg… I know another favorite Laker who suffered a leg fracture recently, you all going to make these same comments about him??

    • Dragon7s

      Apples and oranges.

  • Zimmeredge

    it’s Nash’s last chance to get back into the game as Laker. if he can’t come back before asb, FO will have to stop him one way or the other.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Steve Nash should go into acting.He has the look for Hollywood.Come on back.

  • Martin

    The Lakers have shown that they can play very entertaining basketball with the players they have. Farmar may be returning in less than a week, which should make the current cast even better. If Nash returns, I am not expecting much from him. Nash has been a turnover machine since he arrived. Last year, he was used primarily as a spot-up shooter, and was a defensive liability. Blake’s play this year was far superior to Nash’s play the past two years and it appears that Blake should be returning around the same time as Nash.
    The young guys that are playing now (Meeks, Henry, Johnson, and Young) are playing with intensity, quickness and desire. The Lakers don’t need another point guard, but they do need to work on blocking out on the defensive boards. I realize that Kaman and Gasol are not very athletic, but if the Lakers use their teamwork to block out, they should prevent opposing teams from getting so many offensive rebounds. The Lakers are a lot closer to being a championship caliber team than a lot of people think. If they can obtain an athletic center (They should be willing to consider giving up their first round draft choice for Asik) and if Ryan Kelly or Williams can develop into a stretch 4 player, they can be very good.

  • Jeff Grotke

    actually, the truth is the Lakers have three guards out. If Nash wants to be helpful he should come back until Farmar and Blake are healthy. They need him now more than they probably will for the rest of the season.

    • Jeff Grotke

      And right, probably he won’t last more than a few weeks, but that is what the Lakers need from him, this year. A few weeks of work, until their young guys get healthy.

      • Jeff Grotke

        the fact that he doesn’t come back makes me wonder if there isn’t some insurance trigger on his contract, that would be blown if he comes back.

  • Jacob

    I don’t want Steve to retire. If he’s still having fun, leave the guy alone!

  • ThuggishRuggishBone

    steve nash is still “assisting” the suns. Lake show loses draft picks, roster spot, and salary used on player that doesn’t play. On the business end, why would nash retire? He’s gonna just keep cashing those Lakers checks. Seriously tho, Lakers have been good since they have all point guards out, kobe out, pau’s game is up and down. I think D’antoni gets a bad rap, but he’s doing pretty good with what hes got.

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