If you’ve been following the Los Angeles Lakers point guard situation, then you know that Steve Nash will likely be the last of the injured point guards to return.
The NBA vet has been battling nerve root irritation, and while it’s improving, he’s still not ready to return to the game. It may even be up to a month before he rejoins the roster.
After practice on Thursday, Nash talked about his progress, saying:
“Hopefully that’s a really good timeline where I can get healthy and get my back in a position where it can protect itself and survive. I’m making strides, for sure. The biggest thing is durability. There’s such a fine line. When I do get up to speed where I can do a lot of stuff, to be able to sustain it is the key right now. [Sprinting is] still hit or miss. I wouldn’t want to do it right now. It could set me way back. I’m just waiting to get a lot of confidence to do that and then do that for a long time and be able to incorporate and integrate myself into some practice sessions and then be able to sustain that. I just want to play. That’s what gets me through everyday. I want to play, I still love to play, I still feel like I have the skills to do it and I’d like to end my career on a positive note. Just fighting everyday to get that little bit of joy for playing basketball, being one of the guys, running up and down the court and trying to beat somebody.”
Initially, there was talk that Nash would end up in medical retirement, clearing his salary from the Lakers’ payroll, but from how he’s sounding, the PG wants his spot back in the lineup.
The Lakers could use some help at the 1 right now, but an injured Nash will be more of a hindrance than a help, especially since he was a liability on defense to begin with. It’s best for Nash to take his time coming back, and completely heal.