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Lakers announce Steve Nash out at least one more week

Nov 10, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

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Whoever becomes the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers he may have to wait a while to get Steve Nash in the lineup.

The Lakers announced Friday that Nash will be out at least another week, missing games against Sacramento (Sunday), San Antonio (Tuesday) and Phoenix (Friday). The Lakers are 2-2 in games where Nash did not play.

Nash suffered a non-displaced fracture (meaning a small fracture where the bones are still aligned) to his shin area after a Halloween night collision with Blazers rookie Damian Lillard. It’s not serious, but it’s still a broken leg and he can’t really push off and run on it.

Nash has been back doing on the court drills with a Lakers assistant, but the team are not going to rush him back. Whoever the new coach is, he is going to need Nash to contend for a title like the Lakers want. Of course, if that is Phil Jackson and Nash has to find his way in the triangle, it’s going to get interesting.

  1. manchestermiracle - Nov 10, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    If (a mighty big if) Phil returns, it isn’t a given he’ll re-install the triangle. Even if he does, I’m guessing Nash will have a lot less trouble picking it up than his teammates did in trying to figure out the Princeton.

    • mazblast - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      If Kobe tells his servants they’re running the triangle, they’ll run the triangle.

  2. dwirk - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    If Derek fisher can succeed in the triangle something tells me Steve Nash can as well. Just a hunch

    • mytthor - Nov 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      It’s not about whether Nash can succeed in the triangle (or the princeton). The point is you don’t have Steve Nash just for his spot up shooting ability. The guy is a genius when it comes to the pick and roll and it’s a waste not to have him use that.

  3. 00maltliquor - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Ooooh, take as much time off as you want Nash. Don’t worry, heal up nice and good. We got Steve Blake to handle things while you’re away, we’re in good hands. We’re in no rush whatsoever.

  4. 00maltliquor - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    If we get Phil back (if), we might as well start getting on the horn and start gauging interest in Steve Nash. At 10 million a year, that’s going to be way too high of a pricetag to have him running a triangle offense that makes him obsolete. Not saying he’s not going to pick it up, or even be good, it’s just not an offense designed for PG’s. His shooting will be HUGE in that kind of offense, but to see Steve Nash NOT be Steve Nash will break my heart. And at 10 mil it’ll do the same to the bank.

    • mytthor - Nov 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Phil is a brilliant coach. The original Chicago version of the triangle utilized the center as a midrange jumpshooter, then he brought it to LA and centered it around Shaq in the low post. He can do the same to evolve it to incorporate Nash. THAT’S the mark of a great coach – ability to adapt.

      • eerock41 - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:57 AM

        The center is used for there mid range jumper. Then the lakes should say good bye to Coward. What is he about 30% when farther then 5 feet from the basket. I just dont think Coward is the center you would want then, well at least not on offense.

      • mytthor - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        That’s the whole point of my post. At FIRST the center was used for midrange jumpers, then he adapted it to Shaq, who’s quite a bit worse than Howard 10 feet from the basket. He can make the triangle work around any personnel. Half the time during the last championship run they didn’t even run the triangle, they ran P&R. Phil’s brilliance as a coach is his adaptability.

  5. joedavis291 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    What about the fact that Nash can’t defend to save his life

  6. kavika6 - Nov 12, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Good news for the lakers.

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