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Lakers News: Steve Nash Remains Persistent In Quest To Return

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Since being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2012, Steve Nash’s career has been derailed by one injury after the other.

As Nash fights his way back onto the court from his latest injury — nerve issues in his back, which is a byproduct of his fractured leg from 2012, any potential success seen with a comeback may be largely tied to the soon to be 40-year-old’s relationship with Rick Celebrini.

Celebrini is a physiotherapist who has helped the likes of the Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps, and consulted for the Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Mavericks.  His partnership with Nash dates back to 2004 when the point guard was not re-signed by the Mavericks and was at a crossroads in his career.

When the Lakers embarked on their Grammy road trip, Nash flew north to Vancouver to continue with his rehab. In an interview with Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Nash called this portion of the road to recovery “very tough.”  The goal, according to Celebrini was to help Nash strengthen his body, which would alleviate the stress he places on it.

You have to reinforce movement that puts the least amount of stress on the body. – Rick Celebrini

While many have wondered if Nash would retire if he is unable to fight his way back from injury, or be waived by the Lakers via the stretch provision, the Canadian plans on putting his best foot forward.  Based off comments made by Nash in the interview, he has every intention of returning to the basketball court and relishes the challenge he’s facing.

I came to L.A. with nothing but the highest of hopes and expectations.  But it’s been nothing but personal disappointment.  At the same time, I enjoy taking on a challenge, growing and learning from it. – Steve Nash

Nash again was able to practice on Monday and will finally return to the starting lineup on Tuesday when the Lakers play the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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  • Dragon7s

    I’ve been saying for weeks now that Nash should seek medical retirement but you have to admire his persistence to get back on the court.
    If he’s able to play virtually pain-free and can return to even 80% of his former self then I would like to see him on the court.
    If it’s going to be a constant struggle for him personally and the Lakers as a team, then I hope he realizes the reality of the situation and retires (then become an assistant on the Laker staff ;) ).

    • LakeShow

      I do admire his persistence but you gotta look at a bigger picture here. Nash won’t be here for long and his returns is just going to take away minutes from Marshall & Farmar who better chances to improve their games (the more they play, the more experience they going to get and better understand of the league).

      Unless the Lakers get an elite PG – Rondo, Kyrie, etc. Marshall is the best PG they have on the team for long term.

      Not only the Lakers gave a first rounder (2015), Nash is no longer the same player he used to be. I’m starting to hate this guy because we trade our future for him (it’s really hard to hate Nash).

      • Dragon7s

        I’m with you on the Big Picture aspect and would like to see Marshall continue to get starter minutes in order to develop his game.
        This is ‘audition time’ for a lot of the young guys on the team and the FO needs to see who’s likely to stick for next season.

        And I could never hate Steve Nash…always been a favorite of mine.

      • kobe24

        Even if Nash retired I don’t see him being a assistant coach with the Lakers, he would rather go back to his home place in Phoenix

    • Jim213

      Staff member… brought this up months back but given it’s a nerve issue I’d doubt he could play injury free until it’s addressed (surgery). Stretch provision time for business purposes.

  • LakeShow

    Damn! I’m enjoying watching Kendall Marshall getting double-double and now his minutes will drop. No offense to Nash but his time is up. You don’t rebuild around a 40-year old. It’s better to give give Marshall the time to develop his game and get more experience on the floor.

    Why not just use Nash as spot up shooter at SG position (push Kobe to SF)? At least he can help open-up space to the bigs inside.

    Steve Blake is another one. For God’s sake, he is 34! Ship him for free. We don’t need him to take away minutes from the young players (Meeks, Henry). He ain’t getting younger and the Lakers are not contending for title this year.

    • Guru

      Your a fucking idiot

  • Matthew Moreno

    What’s unfortunate is even if Nash is able to play without getting injured again, it would be too little, too late.

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