Lakers News: Steve Nash Says ‘My Neck Is Bothering Me’ Reviewed by Momizat on . There has been a lot of speculation recently about the health of Steve Nash. Although he has never been injury prone throughout his career, he missed 32 games l There has been a lot of speculation recently about the health of Steve Nash. Although he has never been injury prone throughout his career, he missed 32 games l Rating:
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Lakers News: Steve Nash Says ‘My Neck Is Bothering Me’

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Steve Nash 2There has been a lot of speculation recently about the health of Steve Nash. Although he has never been injury prone throughout his career, he missed 32 games last season and has been bothered throughout the preseason with lingering injuries.

After playing 29 minutes in the Lakers preseason finale against the Utah Jazz, Nash spoke to the media after the game and spoke about what has been bothering him:

My game feels ok. My neck’s bothering me, but I needed to get the minutes you know. It’s the last preseason game. If we had more than I probably wouldn’t have played as much but I needed to get a little more game preparedness and I got through it.

The next question now becomes Nash’s status for the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. Nash wants to be on the floor without a doubt, but also says he has to be smart about going forward with his neck bothering him:

You gotta go on how it responds everyday, but it’s nice to have a day off tomorrow and hopefully I’ll feel great Sunday. If not, I’ll nurse my way through it and try to make the smartest decision to be able to play on Tuesday but also to be healthy.

One of the biggest keys to the Lakers season will be health, especially amongst their three main veterans. While Kobe is looking unlikely to play the season opener, it will be a huge loss if Nash is also unable to go at the beginning of the season.

The Lakers have improved their depth behind Nash with both Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar playing well in the preseason, but if Nash isn’t playing at a high level, the Lakers won’t be at their best. Hopefully Nash plays this smart and is able to give the Lakers his best.

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  • Kobe24

    Nash, take a back seat man I love you alot one of my favorite PG of all time but your body can’t take it. Be like Jason Kidd come off the bench, let Farmar take the starting PG !

    • Daryl Peek

      Nash will be fine. Patience’s.

      • kobe24

        I really hope he does, but I still don’t think its a bad idea too put Nash off the bench. But we’ll see as long as MDA knows how to manage the talent that the bench has we’ll be fine

        • Paytc

          The health of Nash will determine his play as it did last year. It would be my guess that the team has to lean heavily on Famar during a long 82 game season. Most likely there will be times were Nash will have to come off the bench. I personally don’t think Nash can hold down that position for a large amount of minutes for an 82 game season especially at a high level of play. I wish he could .I hope everyone stays healthy. But……

          It would be wiser to allow a younger more athletic Famar carry the bulk of the load in a 82 game season to hopefully have a somewhat fresher Nash come playoff time IMO. Then Nash can be fresh to step in an give us some quality minutes when we need it the most.

          If Nash is dinged up late in the season he can forget being able to keep up with any of these young, hungry and determined playoff bound PG’s once they turn it up another notch for money time/playoffs. Time management is the best approach with Nash. It is clear he is already dealing with things before we even tip off regular season game number one.

          What would make anyone think he will get healthier if he plays a lot of minutes
          He is already saying without words…. be prepared to manage my minutes….be prepared to allow Famar to “STEP UP” to lighten my load.

          I think the fans should be prepared to support the player(s) who are healthy,capable,and productive enough to be on the floor night after night battling,not just our favorite players.

    • hookedonnews

      Farmar has played well, but he is not Steve Nash. Farmar is more valuable coming off the bench. He’ll get plenty of minutes. He may even play some with Nash. Who knows? But you don’t put someone like Nash on the bench.

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