One of the more fluid situations on the Los Angeles Lakers roster is the point guard position. With point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar on the roster, it was going to be interesting to see how head coach Mike D’Antoni was going to use all three.
However, injuries to Nash and Farmar have left the Lakers thin with Xavier Henry assuming the backup point guard duties in the interim. The Lakers also got their superstar guard Kobe Bryant back from injury last night and they’re still waiting for Nash to do the same.
Talking to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News, things don’t sound too promising about Nash coming back anytime soon:
I might not be able to play anymore. I might have to yo-yo it. I might be able to play the rest of the way. Honestly right now, I’m trying to see if I can play the rest of the way.
Nash, 39, has been battling injuries his entire Lakers career and is dealing with mainly back injuries, stemming from the nerve damage he suffered when he broke his leg in the second game of the 2012-13 season.
There have been a few times this season that the word retirement has been suggested by media members and Nash himself as it sounds like he and the Lakers are trying to be extra cautious before he steps back onto the floor. If Nash were to play in less than 10 games this season, he would be eligible to medically retire with the Lakers paying his $9.3 million salary, but it wouldn’t count toward their cap.
With Farmar and Nash sidelined, the Lakers have reported interest in bringing in another point guard and it remains to be seen if they’d do that via trade, free agency or the D-League.
Regardless, doubts about whether he can continue his career are still alive as the Lakers try and help Nash get out on the floor in a timely fashion.
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