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Lakers’ Nash says he hopes to return to practice next week

Dec 14, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Nash is interviewed before head coach D'Antoni makes his debut as Lakers' new coach in NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles Reuters

Steve Nash is not the answer to the Lakers problems. But he is an answer. He is part of the solution — certainly the Lakers offensive decisions improve when he arrives. It’s a first step.

And Nash wants to take that step soon — he told the Los Angeles Times he hopes to be practicing next week.

“I’m definitely getting better,” said Nash, who started running and progressively increased his shooting workouts. “If I continue to improve and there’s no setbacks, then I should be able to practice next week.”

Should, hopefully. That’s what Lakers fans have had to live on for a while — Nash has played in only two games, suffering a small fracture in his leg after a collision with Damian Lillard of Portland, an injury that has led to nerve irritation. It has not healed quickly.

Meanwhile, the Lakers have floundered and are 9-14, having hit a new low with a thumping at the hands of the Knicks Thursday night.

There also is no timeline for the return of Pau Gasol to the Lakers lineup.

  1. omniusprime - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Who cares? Worthless Ancient Nash should just break his other leg and retire, not disgrace the Lakers any further. Kurt Helin I want some of what you’re smoking because you have to be high as a kite to think that Nash will do anything to help the Lakers win. He might help them a little on offense but his pathetic lack of defensive effort will more than negate that help.

    When the Lakers needed a small, young point guard to be able to play defense against the league’s best small young point guards what did that little idiot buss boy and Kupcake do except hire the most ancient slow point guard they could find who can’t play a lick of defense. Now the ancient one is injured and that’s actually a benefit to the team as the young inexperienced point guards of the Lakers gain valuable game experience. Luckily Steve Flake is injured so he doesn’t waste any playing time.

    I’d say that worthless Nash has given us Laker fans more than enough nerve irritation. If the Lakers can bring in Delonte West the sooner they do so the better, hopefully they can off Nash or Flake for West. Oh yeah, and Fire Dumbtoni!!!

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Yeah Kurt, how dare you assume that one of the best passers in history might help a team plagued by turnovers.

      • Kurt Helin - Dec 14, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        Turnovers just one item on a laundry list.

    • nativetexan2012 - Dec 14, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      If you think Delonte West is a better PG than Steve Nash you must watch very little basketball. There are a lot of things I could say, but I don’t think it would be worth the effort.

  2. mazblast - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Let’s see, I think it’s been two weeks (or is it four?) since we last heard Nash would be ready in two weeks. We may hear the same thing in–two weeks.

  3. magicbucs - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    West won’t help much either… It’s not the coaches fault the lakers are underachieving. It’s the players and Kupchek’s fault for putting this team together and making a coaching change the first week of the season. Not even Phil can help this lack of talent.

  4. addict2sport - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Why are you using a pic of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine for an article about Steve Nash?

  5. 00maltliquor - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Hurry the f___ up STEVE! Eat your Wheaties, slap a Band-Aid on it and get this show on the road!! You too Pau, put your Big Boy Pants on one leg at a time and get a move on!!!

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      i’m getting friggin pissed at these two mfers already, Kobe rubbed spit
      on a broken finger and won the championship.

  6. reupjosh - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Every other day rumors about Nash’s return that never come to fruition. Stop wasting time by writing about when he MIGHT come back… Save it for when he does return and plays.

    Until then it’s all speculation…

    In the meantime, Kurt, please keep updating us with more stories about LBJ’s screensavers.

  7. themagicfanguy - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Great timing Nash! Now the lakers can get a middle pick instead of a lottery pick! It keeps getting better and better lol.

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