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Report: Steve Nash out at least another two weeks, nerve irritation keeping him sidelined

Dec 11, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

Steve Nash AP

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Steve Nash is still about two weeks away from returning to the Lakers.

Nash, still recovering from a small fracture in his fibula is progressing with his rehab, but is still not ready to join the team, according to David Leon Moore of USA Today:

D’Antoni speculated Sunday that Nash might return at some point on the upcoming road trip but Nash told USA TODAY Sports that won’t happen.

“I think it will be at least another two weeks,” Nash said. “I can move. I can shoot. I just can’t run full speed. And I’m not even in shape. I’ll probably need at least a week of practice once I start running.”

If this timeline sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Nash has seemingly been about two weeks away for several weeks now, with each update given regarding his playing status seemingly defaulting to this generic timeline.

While Lakers’ fans express their  frustration surrounding Nash’s delayed return, it seems there’s some clarity as to why his recovery is taking as long as it is. Mark Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that it’s not that the fracture hasn’t healed, but that Nash has still been feeling pain due to nerve irritation in his leg:

Steve Nash’s delayed return to the Los Angeles Lakers has more to do with nerve irritation in his lower left leg than the fracture he suffered, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Nash appeared set to return from a non-displaced fractured left fibula about three to four weeks ago. His fibula has healed well, but what caused the setback was a nerve irritation that surfaced in the leg during his rehabilitation, sources said. The nerve caused Nash pain any time he put pressure on it.

Well, that doesn’t sound good at all.

The good news is that Nash has begun to ramp up his rehab. He’s doing more conditioning work and before every game he’s doing ball handling and shooting drills. So, while he’s not yet practicing, the hope is that he’s getting closer to returning and that he’ll be able to play soon after he’s cleared.

His familiarity with Mike D’Antoni’s system should also aid in a quick return once he’s cleared medically. And while there will be more adjustments by he and his teammates to playing together in this system (rather than Mike Brown’s), the fact that Nash knows the ins and outs of the Lakers’ scheme will be helpful.

Of course that won’t fully be known to be true until Nash is back on the court. Which won’t be for another two weeks. At least.

  1. saint1997 - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    How come these players are never “in shape” after an injury? Why can’t they stay fit while they’re not playing? I get that their physical activity is limited but surely they can stay fit

    • LPad - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      he broke his leg. what do you expect him to do? run windsprints while he’s on crutches.

      • saint1997 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        Wow let’s all chill with the bozo thing, making you sound like mobsters. I get that they aren’t going to remain peak physical fitness but I have broken my leg before and came out of it with the same weight and I was playing sport fine. If you eat right and do exercise that doesn’t affect that part of the body it isn’t impossible.

      • LPad - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        and he is doing those things, but if you think he doesn’t need two weeks to get his wind back before hopping on the court and competing with the best players in the world then you’re wrong. btw didn’t call you a bozo or anything else.

  2. cornbreadbbqred - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Bozo, players are not in shape, especially with leg injuries, because most of the conditioning requires running, cycling, cross training, everything that involves using the legs and fast twitch muscles. You can be cardio-vascular fit, but not muscularly fit in the areas that are injured.

  3. superseahawk - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Yeah, Bozo!

  4. jerdogthompson - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Hay yo cornbread, way to call him out for asking a fairly simple question.

    Yeah, guess you showed him? You must have stayed at a holiday inn express? Am I right?

    Can we please get on with the NBA at large already? Nash is done period. Oh what Laker fans feel slighted because of that? Get ova it.

    He’s old and after being told on 11/1 it’s 7-10 days their finally fessing up! It’s a nerve damage thing, Duh.

    Enjoy mediocrity ladies, enjoy.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      cornbread did the right thing, that was a ridiculous statement, question.

  5. sunsbolts7 - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    I’m pretty sure Nash never missed this many consecutive games with the Suns. Best medical staff in the NBA.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:22 AM

      whooo hooooo

      best medical staff in the NBA……….

      • sunsbolts7 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:36 AM

        Haha! Come on. I need something to be proud of. Robert $aver hasn’t screwed that part up…..yet.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      I’m pretty sure Nash never broke his leg while playing for the Suns. Gary Vitti has long been acknowledged as one of the top trainers in the NBA for a long, long time.

      • sunsbolts7 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:41 AM

        Ya? What’s with all the injuries then? It doesnt sound like the fracture is the problem anymore. I mean, that’s only what the article was about. If he had the same break happen in Phoenix, he would’ve been back already.

  6. addict2sport - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    There goes the theory that there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

  7. rmcdonald23 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    If you don’t think Nash will return, then you don’t know Steve Nash. And he won’t just return, he will turn this team around in short order!!!

  8. paulhargis53 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Pretty sure Nash meant basketball shape.
    You don’t sit out this long and just go back to running up and down the court.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      A post without reference to certain fans and without a homophobic slur. Thank you.

      • limonadamas - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM


  9. omniusprime - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Oh joy, Ancient Nash is still two weeks away from perhaps, maybe rejoining the team on the court. Or maybe he’s just two weeks away from being two weeks away from being able to play. That’s good news for the young guards who can get at least two more weeks of game time experience. At least Steve Flake won’t be coming back before Nash.

    What a waste this season has been. We started with the dumbest coach in the league only to fire him and bring on yet another dumbest coach of the NBA. Dumbtoni has done nothing but cause chaos on this Laker squad that should be contending seriously for another title, yet now are nothing but laughable pretenders.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!!

  10. barkley4life - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    39 is 39. The bad thing about any injury that lingers especially in the legs is if you start to compensate for that injury your bound to more pressure on other parts of your body etc to compensate. With Nash they may just have to work him slowly and if its in the New Year then so be it.

    This team is going to have to jell all season if its going to do anything. Hovering around 5/6 spot may be a blessing in disguise if they can jell and stay injury free throughout the rest of the season. If Nash is going to be at 75% most of the year or in and out of the lineup then moving Pau is going to be inevitable for a better pg/bench help(Calderon/Bargani).

    D’Antoni’s style is 7 seconds or less uptempo offense with the ball primarily in the PG’s hands….there is no easy way to ease Nash in to the lineup off injury unless hes 100%.

    • loungefly74 - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      ….that was actually a good comment. well done, sir.

  11. manchestermiracle - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Relax, Nash is just resting up for the second half of the season. Maybe this is how the Lakers make sure his minutes are well-managed.

  12. paulhargis53 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    manchester: It was my goal all along to rid this site of LL. I do not want to sound like a schoolyard kid, but he was thebone who initiated this little ordeal. What he didn’t count on was the retribution he would get. As long as he stays away(under all of his aliases) this is the type of posting you will get from me.

  13. teedraper - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    i’m sick of Nash already. How do u get hurt this bad over such a minor bump of the leg. GTFOOH

  14. eventhorizon04 - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Ick. Him saying he can do everything except run without pain isn’t really that encouraging.

  15. abchome - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I still remember it was said that Nash could be out for 1 week due to the bone fracture… Every Lakers expectation is so unrealistic this season!

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