Lakers Rumors & News Recap: What’s Up with Steve Nash?
On Wednesday night, Steve Nash was kicked in the leg by the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lilliard, injuring the point guard’s fibula. Steve Nash will be out for about a week and fans have begun to wonder whether a PG will be called up to help Blake backup Nash’s position.
The Lakers already have five point guards on their team at this point, and adding a sixth for a short period of time does not make much sense. For now Steve Blake will fill Nash’s void in the starting lineup and remain the Lakers #1 choice, followed by Chris Duhon and Darius Morris. The Lakers front-office will likely wait for Nash to return and is not looking to make any moves for the time that he is out. I can feel some of you already clamoring, “Fisher! Fisher!”
What’s troublesome about Nash is the possibility of his injury to keep him out of play for up to four weeks. Elizabeth Benson analyzes why this injury is important not only to the PG position, but the back-court as a whole. One of the biggest benefits of bringing Nash to the Lakers is what he will do for Bryant. Nash’s absence will have an affect on Kobe’s game, or at least the type of game that he was hoping to have this season.
After the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday, backup point guard Steve Blake had some crass words for a heckling fan in the crowd at Staples Center. Players getting feisty during game time is nothing new, but Steve Blake was just fined$25,000 for the comments he made to the fan.
Hoping it won’t be much, Kobe sat out at practice for a second straight day today. But don’t take this as an indicator of his injury worsening, as he will play against Utah on Wednesday night. Bryant led the team in assists with eight, added seven rebounds and 15 points against the Pistons.
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Lakers Nation News
Steve Blake Fined for Cursing at Fan [Silver Screen and Roll]
Lakers Nation with Mike Brown and Dwight Howard [Silver Screen and Roll]
Lakers Nation Video: Mike Brown and the Princeton [Silver Screen and Roll]
Lakers Focused on Improving Offensive Sets [SB Nation]
How Dwight Howard Can Space the Floor for Pau Gasol [Forum Blue and Gold]
Antawn Jamison, Bench Booster [LA Times]
Kobe’s Post-Lakers Home Court: The YMCA? [Lakers Blog]
Lakers vet Jamison Knows Patience Will Be Rewarded [SB Nation]
Dwight Howard Rips New ASG Format [ESPN]
Steve Nash Could Miss at Least a Week With Fibula Fracture [Eye on Basketball]
NBA Power Rankings: Lakers Drop [Yahoo Sports]
The Outlet 3.03: The Perkins Play and Mike Brown Minutes [Gothic Ginobli]
Lakers’ Blake Fined $25,000 by NBA For Words to Fan [OC Register]
Lakers Still Have Long Way to Go Following Win vs. Detroit Pistons [Yahoo Sports]
Princeton Offense Not Affecting Kobe Bryant’s Play [Daily News]
Lakers Will Give Mike Brown Time to Show His Strength [OC Register]
A Season Inside the NBA [Hang Time Blog]
Thunder Only Gave Harden an Hour to Consider Final Contract Offer [ProBasketballTalk]
37 Reasons Rasheed Wallace Would Be the Greatest President Ever [SB Nation]
It’s Never Too Soon for Snap Judgement [Hang Time Blog]
Stan Van Gundy Says He’d Have No Issue Coaching Dwight Howard in the Future [ProBasketballTalk]
Are the Heat Susceptible to Strong Point Guard Play? [Hot Hot Hoops]
Clippers Need to Find Their Focus [Hang Time Blog]
First NBA Flop Warnings Issued [Yahoo Sports]
Player Capsules 2012, #256-258: Kosta Koufos, Luol Deng, Nick Young [Gothic Ginobli]
Sports, Elections and the Perversion of Math [SB Nation]
Hornets Coach Williams Fined $25,000 For Concussion Comments [ProBasketballTalk]