This is not what the Los Angeles Lakers want to be hearing heading into the regular season.
With the regular season opener just days away, Steve Nash revealed that he’s experiencing some pain in his neck. He said:
“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. 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.”
If you recall, Nash’s left ankle has still been bothering him for months, but he thinks this neck stiffness is from his lingering back issues, which he battled all of last season.
Last year, when Nash was out, Coach Mike D’Antoni basically waited around until his trusty PG was back in the game, before he decided whether or not his signature system would work with this team (note: it clearly won’t). If that happens again, D’Antoni will probably be run out of LA.
The other worry is that the Lakers are weak at the point guard position, with Steve Blake backing up Nash. Based on Nash’s past, it’s safe to assume that he will miss a chunk of games this season, especially if he’s already experiencing health problems before the real games start.