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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.

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