Lakers News: Steve Nash May Call Off Season Due to Back Injury

Lakers News: Steve Nash May Call Off Season Due to Back Injury

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like years ago that Steve Nash wore his number 10 jersey for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The future Hall-of-Fame point guard is just one of many injured players on the Lakers’ roster and his exact return date is still questionable. For the most part, Nash has been injury free his entire career but ever since coming to Los Angeles it seems like the injury bug won’t leave him.

Nash is currently dealing with back issues that have sidelined him for quite some time. The point guard has appeared in only six games and there is a chance he could be out for the remainder of the season. The Los Angeles Times writes that if Nash cannot make significant progress in the coming weeks, he may have to calls it quits for the 2013-14 campaign:

The Lakers hope he can play Jan. 28 against Indiana, but if his training doesn’t go well in Vancouver, Nash said the rest of the season could be in jeopardy.

“If it’s the same old, it’s probably another month or something of trying to come back … and then what’s left of the season?” he said. “I definitely realize we’re up against a deadline here to get healthy.”

The Lakers have three point guards out with injuries, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar being the other two. The coaching staff is hoping Kendall Marshall can continue with his stellar play, but sooner or later the lack of depth will come back to hurt the team.

Nash will continue to train in Vancouver with his personal training, but the clock is ticking for the 39-year-old guard to make an impact in his Laker career.


ICYMI: Kendall Marshall talked about his career night on Friday against the Jazz.

  • Jim213

    Been saying this since preseason given his aches and discomfort. IMO, if he needs to go under the knife (surgery) he should retire given there may not be a timetable to his return if so (surgery)… 1/2015 return? Nice looking out FO!!? SMH

    • Jim213

      Hopefully inept FO thew in a clause of some sort but then…

    • hookedonnews

      Surgery won’t help the situation. It’s a nerve problem, not a back problem. If this rehab he’s doing can’t get him ready to play he’ll probably hang it up. I don’t know if there’s a chance he could come back next season, but I’d say it’s a long shot.

      • Jim213

        ??! Nash has mentioned that ever since surgery he’s experienced irritation being the nerve hitting the bone (leg). Surgery (microscopic?) is possible and likely to correct or address the issue.

        • hookedonnews

          He said at the end of last season that surgery wasn’t needed for this problem. I wish it was that simple. I think the problem is where the break occurred. It was in the joint.

  • richard

    hhhhmmm… Steve,please consider retirement, OK? and join MDA’s coaching staff… your knowledge of basketball will be best serve on the sideline.

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      Thats what i been saying all along – he is just too slow laterally to ever play defense in NBA anymore – but he is a basketball genius and him being on the bench would help MDA not suck nearly as much

  • Gregory Choa

    Sad news, but in the end may just end up being a blessing in disguise…not just in terms of capitalizing on the medical retirement benefit (clearing Nash’s otherwise onerous contract), but also in terms of allowing for Kendall Marshall’s continuing development, even after Blake and Farmar return.

  • Lakers Fan

    Steve Nash needs to retire. He is eating up salary, and now says he will probably sit out the rest of the season. His body is telling him he can’t sustain basketball play anymore, but he is acting stubborn. I know it’s hard to let go of basketball, but you can’t beat Father Time. I hate that it has to end this way, but this is all a part of life. Nash needs to do this organization and himself a favor and retire. He is already HOF bound, so he has done his part in NBA history.

    • hookedonnews

      He didn’t say he’ll probably sit out the rest of the season. He said he’s hoping to play in February. He’ll still get paid if he retires for medical reasons. What the team needs is for him to be able to play, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen. I guess we’ll know in a few weeks. This is not Father Time. This is a nerve problem caused by the broken leg. I imagine he’ll retire if he can’t come back this season.

  • Jose

    If he does it’s just the first step towards retirement!!

  • JohnJo

    In spite loving having acquired Steve Nash when he first came in, I think he should just retire. That way, he can have a more comfortable life and gives him a better chance at recovery rather than risking the chance of getting permanently crippled (though this could be an exaggeration).

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Steve Nash should become the mentor and personal coach for Kendall Marshall.

  • bob

    What I never understood is why the Lakers didn’t amnesty Nash instead of mwp. MWP had an expiring contract for a lesser amount and was playing decently.

    • Josh

      Only contracts that were signed before the last CBA were eligible for the amnesty clause. Nash’s contract was not signed until well after the fact.

  • richard

    BE a player development coach to PG’s ala Kareem. Marshal needs a god mentor.