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Mike Brown says Lakers will be patient with Steve Nash, who could now miss up to four weeks

Nov 4, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown (R) chats to Steve Nash of Canada during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

It was announced on Saturday that Steve Nash has a non-displaced fracture in his left leg, and will miss at least a week due to the injury.

The “at least” part is most important here, as it appears that the team is taking the smart approach by not putting any pressure on Nash to return to the court sooner than necessary.

Mike Brown said as much after Sunday’s shootaround, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

“You obviously hope he’s back as soon as possible,” Brown said Sunday after the team’s shootaround. “But the one thing you don’t want to do, you don’t want to compromise his long-term health for him coming back quicker than he should. So, (trainer) Gary Vitti and the staff are on top of it. We’ll just wait and play it out from there.”

Brown’s right — there’s absolutely no hurry here, despite the temptation to hit the panic button as the Lakers continue to drop games early in the season. In fact, Mike Bresnahan, Lakers beat writer for the L.A. Times, cited a Lakers source in reporting that Nash could miss as many as four weeks with this very injury.

No matter the ultimate result, the journey through this NBA season is not going to be an enjoyable one for Lakers fans. There will be a lot of losing to less-talented teams, and a lot of hand-wringing at Brown’s strategies and systems as it takes time for the players to come together and produce like the super-team that was assembled eventually should.

The decision regarding Nash is the right one. No need to bring him back in November if there’s even a chance that he’s dealing with an injury that could hamper him in any way as the season progresses.

  1. jerdogthompson - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Well. I certainly hate to say I told you so but I freakiing told you so……,,,,,at 20 this is a week long injury. Pushing 40 it’s a month long injury. So sorry Cuban didn’t release West for your relief. Get used to Blake running the team. Gonna be a long, I mean real long 4 weeks. Best of luck bizatches. I really mean that.

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      62 points in the first half tonight, so far its been fine

      • savvybynature - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        Maybe the league will let them play the Pistons all month too. Parting gift from Stern for his favorite big market team?

      • cosanostra71 - Nov 5, 2012 at 12:27 AM

        every team gets to play the Pistons, not sure what you’re getting at. Weak troll attempt, you can do better.

  2. manchestermiracle - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Is there a whiteboard up at the PBT offices with the cliches of the week? “Panic Button” must be at the top of the list….

  3. jerdogthompson - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I’m terribly disappointed that the Fakers drew the Pistons tonight. Their about two notches above the Bobcats. Would much rather seen them get drilled by a Spurs, OKC, Boston, Miami, etc to really get them down in the dumps. Oh well, can always hope for the bench to take the floor and let the real BEATING begin. Go Pistons!

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      have you ever thought about rooting for your team instead of rooting against the Lakers

  4. eugenesaxe - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Thoughtful of them to be patient with someone who has a broken bone in their leg.

  5. timb12 - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    I bet Nash is missing that Phoenix training staff.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      Right, ’cause everybody knows they can make a bone heal faster than anyone else…

  6. omniusprime - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    A month sounds more realistic than a week to heal a bone fracture. Bummer that Ancient Nash has to get off to an injured start with the Lakers who should have gone for a much younger point guard who can play defense and not get injured so quickly. I hope Nash heals up completely and quickly before getting back on the court and hopefully the Lakers can keep winning. I sure hope that Kupcake finds a good replacement for Steve Flake so we have one good point guard on defense. Go Lakers!!!

  7. mogogo1 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Mike Brown can only hope the Lakers’ front office is willing to say the same thing about Mike Brown… Because if the losses continue to mount, I think their patience will be very thin.

    And regarding Nash’s injury: Is that really something that a guy can be back in a week from? Who was the genius that originally floated the “one-week” figure? “Non-displaced” or not, it’s still a leg fracture. In a league where the regular season means very little, it’d be monumentally stupid to send him back out there before it was 100% healed.

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