Lakers News: Steve Nash: “It’s Not Worth Being Out There” Reviewed by Momizat on . Lakers point guard Steve Nash left Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with back problems and met with Dr. Robert Watkins this afternoon. The Lakers point guard Steve Nash left Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with back problems and met with Dr. Robert Watkins this afternoon. The Rating:
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Lakers News: Steve Nash: “It’s Not Worth Being Out There”

Lakers point guard Steve Nash left Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with back problems and met with Dr. Robert Watkins this afternoon. The Lakers have not yet released an update on his status. (*Update: The Lakers have since released a statement with Nash’s diagnosis, which is expected to put him out for two weeks.)

Nash told the media at practice today that he’s felt like his nerve issues have been “slowly getting worse and worse.” When asked if he felt like him being on the floor could actually be hurting the team, he didn’t deny it.

“Ya, I mean thats one of the reasons I’ve come out a few times this year, because I’m not able to get it done or produce so it’s not worth being out there.”

Depending on the results of today’s appointment, Nash may decide this could be the end of his career, or could decide to push through. The veteran said he spent four or five months rehabbing this summer and when asked if he just needed more rest, didn’t think that was a big issue. Nash has actually said he needs to be even more “proactive” with his rehab. Despite, fighting through pain each day, Nash still isn’t ready to throw in the towel.

“It’s hard every day to keep fighting uphill, but I also weigh it against the fact that I still really love playing”

Nash also said the pain has been pretty constant. Whether he’s sitting or standing or moving, he’s still feeling pain.

The 39-year-old point guard is set to make $9.7 million next season, one of the few players that is still under contract through 2014. Nash’s future is relying on the results from today’s evaluation.

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  • Gregory Choa

    I hear, per his visit to the back specialist today, that he’s out for a minimun of 2wks with a nerve root problem, which is being treated with epidural blocks…none of this sounds very good and all of it will put more pressure on Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar to anchor the Lakers backcourt until Kobe deems himself good to go…no bueno.
    Again, I question the sense in bringing Kobe back at all this season…unless Nash can somehow make it back onto the court for some meaningful time running the point for the Lakers.

    • Daryl Peek

      Kobe and only Kobe will make that determination along with his doctors. The FO will just wait til he’s ready willingly. Kobe has earned that right and will never give into the tank talk.

      • Gregory Choa

        I hear you Daryl, loud and clear, and you’re right – ultimately this is completely Kobe’s call – all I’m saying is that; a) nobody should kill Kobe or the FO if they were to arrive at a decision to shut both Nash & Kobe down, and b) it’s really not “tanking” if the rest of this Lakers squad play their little asses of the rest of the way…trying to win every game while playing with big time heart.

        • Daryl Peek

          I just trip off the tank talk. Look at Boston, Phoenix and Philly. Their competing. Will it last? Who knows but the players may surprise us.

          • Gregory Choa

            They may, you’re right…and, honestly, I think guys like Young, X and Farmar might truly find themselves liberated by given free reign on a team without Kobe and Nash gobbling up minutes and prove to be great players in their own right and win a bunch a games for the Lakers…more power to ‘em. I’m just saying, they’re not playing for a championship this season without Kobe…and the Lakers play for championships. At that point, if you’re relegated to playoff bubble team status, why not take a crack at this particular lottery coming up…there’s some pretty special talent there in the mix for the taking…I’d rather see the Lakers have an outside shot at one of those guys than be a one and done team in this coming postseason.

          • Daryl Peek

            Not an option at all. If Kobe is back you can just erase all thoughts of that. To be in a top 5 lottery position your talking about a 20-25 win season at max. NO WAY. If one and done happens so be it. There is no trade off for a 20 win Laker season. The FO, fans and sponsors would loose it! The team has never won less than 30 games in its entire history. Pride matters. Tanking for lottery balls usually doesn’t work either.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeah 2 weeks and he will be back.Okay it’s cool.Get healthy Nashty!

  • Jim213

    I believe I heard Nash mention that he’s experienced this nerve problem since rehabbing from last seasons injury. IMO, he should be placed on the injured list indefinitely until he can rightfully treat and heal this discomfort before considering to return (end of season? Otherwise he’ll be coming in and out of the lineup every few weeks due to some discomfort.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Mitch Kupchak gave credit to David Stern in an event for season ticket holders on Sunday. Stern is retiring on Feb. 1 as NBA commissioner.

    “He’s done so much for this [league with] his vision,” Kupchak said. “We’ll miss him, with the exception of one moment.”

    Kupchak was referencing Stern’s decision to veto the Los Angeles Lakers’ trade for Chris Paul, which was made while the NBA owned and operated the then New Orleans Hornets.

    Kupchak was asked if he had forgiven Stern for that decision.

    “No I haven’t,” Kupchak answered.

    • ra

      Wow, Kupchak still seething over that. Too bad. And Stern and Jerry Buss were buddies, too (at least, for a while – and they worked in concert during the 80s to elevate the NBA, successfully).

      This was a lousy way for Stern to exit his tenure – screwing the Lakers – trying to level the playing field?

      The NBA, unlike other team sports, thrives on dynasties (esp. Lakers, Bulls, and .. yes Celtics too). It drives the NBA. The Heat may be the next dynasty (hope not, actually), but they’re not really an iconic basketball team like the Lakers. They will be good as long as LeBron is there, and who knows if they can actually maintain (don’t think Wade will last, etc.).

      Stern helped to put a lid on a potential future dynasty w/C. Paul, and the DH scenario didn’t help. The Lakers need to be involved in Championship talk. Too bad Stern helped to wreck it. It will not be good for basketball. It won’t be as good without Lakers contending.

      It makes me hope that Kobe comes back with a superhuman Achilles tendon and becomes scoring champ the next few years (& wins 2 more rings).

    • Paytc

      Yeah the CP3 veto was garbage ! Who steps in to do something like that? It’s ok for Lebron to have D. Wade and company. And Garnett to team up with Pierce and Ray Allen etc…. But to see Kobe continue to dominate was just too much for the great player haters. Hopefully Kobe still lands on his feet and bounces back to further exceed expectations. Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    With this thing going on for Nash… I hope he retires and ask FO if he could join MDA coaching staff.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      That would save us some $$$ and would really set everything up in acquiring some key pieces for a run at a title next year.

  • Nemanja Malesevic

    The most dangerous thing would be to rush it once again. He cant play through pain all season long. So take your time Steve!

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