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Mike D’Antoni: Steve Nash Will Have Off And On Issues All Year Reviewed by Momizat on . One of the biggest issues for the Lakers in their 2012-13 campaign was their collective injury issues. Steve Nash was one of the main culprits on the injury rep One of the biggest issues for the Lakers in their 2012-13 campaign was their collective injury issues. Steve Nash was one of the main culprits on the injury rep Rating:
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Mike D’Antoni: Steve Nash Will Have Off And On Issues All Year

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Steve NashOne of the biggest issues for the Lakers in their 2012-13 campaign was their collective injury issues. Steve Nash was one of the main culprits on the injury report. He started off the season with a minor fracture in his leg during the second game of the season and ended the year with back and hamstring issues.

In the Lakers fourth preseason game on Thursday night, Nash left the game with soreness in left ankle and did not return for the second half.

From the reports, the severity of the ankle didn’t seem too high, but the team felt it was best for Nash to sit the rest of the night out. Nash spoke after the game about his ankle.

“I could never get it that loose in the warmups, it’s a minor thing,” said Nash to reporters after the game. “It happened a week or two before the season and kind of limited me a little in camp just to be cautious. Tonight is just one of those nights that, for whatever reason, just wasn’t moving freely and couldn’t get it to loosen up. It was starting to get worse.”

Nash also mentioned that he plans on playing when the team travels to China next week, and will rest and rehab to prepare for their next exhibition game. Head coach Mike D’Antoni said that he feels that Nash will miss time off and on this whole year.

“I’m not concerned, I think this will happen off and on the whole year,” said D’Antoni to Time Warner Cable SportsNet. “He’s going to give you a good season and good stuff, but we have to take care of him.”

With Nash being the oldest player in the NBA, it won’t be uncommon to see him missing games this season. The team already discussed the idea of him sitting on the second half of back-to-backs to give him some rest.

That being said, the overall health of the rest of the backcourt will be a priority of the training staff. The Lakers were hurting a bit in the second half with Steve Blake the only real option at point guard. After Blake took a breather, Jodie Meeks and Darius Johnson-Odom were tasked with handling the ball. Farmar has been out for the last two games with calf issues, but should be back with the team soon.

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  • Paytc

    I got a feeling Famar is gonna have to be ready to take charge soon. I think anyone who is being realistic knows Nash will not be able to play at a high level for too many minutes in a 82 game season. If you were kidding yourself, I think MDA words should tell you something.

    I feel much more comfortable with Famar on the floor than I do with Steve Blake. But if Nash finds it difficult to be effective enough, we may see Blake and Famar sharing some of his time. I realize Blake and Nash are being paid pretty well to have them both passing towels.

    Famar seems to be able to slow the ball down on defense and runs the floor well offensively. To me the player who provides good energy and effectiveness should be all that matters. Famar is younger and more capable to carry the load of a 82 game season than both Blake and Nash.

    But I will be pulling for every Laker to remain healthy. A healthy,well rested Nash could provide valuable experience down the stretch and into the playoffs. He will be of no help if we place too much of a burden on him early in a long season.I hope the coach will make the right decision for the sake of everyone.

    I have only seen part of the 1st preseason game vs Golden State. So I can’t make any player evaluations other than what I posted at that time.

    It is nice to hear Gasol and Kaman are building a bit of chemistry. We are already leaps and bounds ahead of last season’s chemistry. Let’s keep “STEPPING UP ! ” and building our confidence and team chemistry.

    Go Lakers !

    • Jim213

      Given the news, I’d be best if he came of the bench. Unless the coach intends to start him and sit him out during the final minutes of a quarter.

      Just by watching Farmar’s first game I know he’d be up to the task though would require some help from the bench too.

      • Paytc

        I agree based on everything we know, and have seen thus far.

        We are a team. We need to do what’s in the best interest of the health of the players and success of the team. Go Lakers !

      • Steve Nash

        JIM213 FUCK YOU !!

        • Jim213

          Yo moms TROLL. Steve’s 12,000 miles away. C’mon.

    • Michael Jordan

      GO LAKERS? YOU BITCH !

      • Kobe Bryant

        FUCK YOU JORDAN

      • Paytc

        First you hid behind the name “Steve Nash” now you wanna be” Michael Jordan” :-)
        I don’t have to stoop to your level and through sucker insults,your insulting yourself.LOL…..

        You keep hiding behind multiple pen names trying to be someone else. I’ll just keep being the original “Paytc”

        Go Lakers!

  • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

    Huh?This is news to me!I thought Steve Nash was healthy and everything?I was misinformed.Steve Nash is injured so soon SMH!Farmar will be handling things.Steve Blake was 0-10 and 0-8 from 3 point range tonight.Lets get a new PG by mid season.

    • Jim213

      Agree, though it’d be a future franchise PG.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      you sir is a classic bandwagoner… stand your ground will ya!

      Support your team and whoever is here. Don’t go stretching your neck over the fence for greener pasture… MDA may not be what you wanted as lakers coach, but he is our coach, and I am happy with it and I know there are a lot of people who are happy as I am. I am tired of your whining! If you are not happy and cannot support this team and its personnel, what’s the use of staying as a Lakers fan? Don;t give that bullshit “you love the lakers, because you clearly don’t”! Go support another team! There are 29 other teams that need your negativity. You are what team locker rooms called a “cancer”…

      Injuries happens… regardless of age…take a look at Portland’s rookie… every team this early of the preseason has players that are injured one way or the other.

      your comments are not helping and neither it is stimulating… so please stop it.

      • jeremy

        yea but were talking about a 40 year old man who health is on a decline. just look at some guys his age grant hill was hurt alot as a clipper before he retired and billups in the same boat nash with health problems. he need healthy bodies not a 40 who might be hurting all year.

        • Daryl Peek

          Can’t compare Hill to Nash. Hill had multiple career threatening injures at a very young age, that he amazingly battled back from. Nash has never suffered a bevy of major injury like that.

          Don’t forget 11-12 was a lockout shortened season. There was only 62 games played and Nash played in all 62 VS. Hill’s 49.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          Jeremy, you are missing the point… all his career, Nash has been dealing with some injuries and health issues.. but it didn’t deter him from his play and talent… people should have accepted that already. Secondly, that is the purpose why we have farmar and Blake … what’s the point of taking in another PG when we have 2 very able on our roster. Thirdly, If nash can play 25 minutes then that is very good already… no one is expecting him to play 40 minutes a night…

          And Hill’s case is totally different from Nash… his were major injuries.. Nash’s were back problem related…

  • Jim213

    I’m cool with this as long as Farmar gets to backup Nash which just means that he’ll get more minutes on the floor.

  • Daryl Peek

    Everyone needs to calm down. It’s way too early to be making long term assumptions based off a couple of preseason games. Nash is a professional, hell be fine. As some have pointed out, almost every team is dealing with injuries, it’s part of the game.

    I’m happy with the progress of the team so far. They’ve competed cohesively more than anything they showed over the last two preseasons. Last night was a hiccup, there’s definitely room for improvement but this is why they play the preseason… we talking practice, not the (real) games practice. *AI voice*

    • jeremy

      yea but lakers dont need a guy at the end of his career who might be hurting all year. look at grant hil, he was nash age and his last year hurt most of the time. lakers need healthy bodies not a guy who might not healthy all year

      • Daryl Peek

        Nash has been more durable over the last few years than most realize. Last season was the first time he’s missed more than 8 games since 2001. Tim Duncan and KG have missed more games than Nash over the past few seasons. Father time is undefeated but high level superstars like them don’t fall off over night.

        Nash is only one season removed from leading the NBA in assist, 2011-12 at just under 11 a game. Even coming off a broken leg last season and basically playing SG so Kobe could facilitate the offense, Nash averaged almost 7 assist a game. His stat line was identical to his career averages all except the assist for us. His shooting percentages were higher than normal tho. Nash still has gas in his tank. He’ll be fine playing 29-31 minutes a game with the occasional second of a back to back game off.

  • jeremy

    well thank god we have farmar then. farmar is going to be a big need if nash is just going to be annoying and hurt all the damn time

    • jeremy

      HEY JEREMY FUCK YOU

  • JohnBrownWasAterroristAMIRIGHT

    One meaningless preseason game and everyone loses their freaking minds. You people do realize Farmer sat out 2 games following his first preseason game, right? Does that mean Farmer is also injury prone and will miss games throughout this season battling injuries?? it might, but lets wait for the season to start or at least until the next preseason game to see how ‘bad’ or serious the injury actually is before we go losing our minds.

  • PaulGeorge

    LOS ANGELES LAKERS WEAK SO WEAK WEAK NA WEAK SUPER WEAK LIKE KOBE ? SO WEAK KOBE HAS INJURY WEAK KOBE JOSH SMITH WEAK @d2eff107e3d6fbd000d0286d5250151e:disqusWEAK

  • PaulGeorge

    LAKERS NOT GOING IN TO QUARTER FINALS WEAK NOOB

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