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Steve Nash: “Hopefully I can play by Christmas”

Dec 17, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

Steve Nash AP

The Lakers may be close to getting all their stars on the court at once. Then we can finally see how good (or not) this team actually is.

Pau Gasol could return on Tuesday and now Steve Nash thinks he could be back on the court in time for the Lakers Christmas Day rematch with the New York Knicks.

From the twitter of reporter Mike Trudell:


In the Lakers second game of the season against the Trail Blazers, Nash suffered a small fracture of the leg that was supposed to heal quickly. But that led to a nerve irritation in the area and he has been out ever since.

Because this has been slow to heal Lakers fans may not want to get their hopes up too high on him being back in time for Christmas Day. But if not then it sounds like it would be soon after.

Nash doesn’t solve all the Lakers problems — he’s not going to be a defensive stopper or help defensive rotations, he’s not instantly going to make the Lakers shooters consistent. But he’s a piece of the puzzle, along with Pau Gasol and how the Lakers eventually play in the Mike D’Antoni system.

Once all the pieces are in place the Lakers can see how they fit together and decide their next move.

That may happen by Christmas.

  1. omniusprime - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I’m not so sure I care as a Laker fan to have Ancient Nash come back too soon. He’d better make darned sure he’s fully healed, if he comes back too early and then re-injures himself that would be a waste. I think he is the wrong point guard at the wrong time for the Lakers. Geez they got rid of Fisher because he was too old and slow to defend the young point guards, then they double down on an older PG who never plays defense. I’m actually glad the ancient old geezer got injured, it gave the young guards some important playing time and they are improving.

    I say to Ancient Nash, haste makes waste – do not hurry back only to get injured again. That will cause severe nerve irritation to the whole Laker Nation.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!! Go Kobe!!! Go Pau!!! Go Howard!!! Go MWP!!!

    • loungefly74 - Dec 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      i love the enthusiam, prime!

      dear santa, all i want for xmas is a healthy Lakers team.

    • mytthor - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      Why do you want all the players to succeed but you’ve decided after a handful of games that you aren’t a fan of the coach?

    • tsi431 - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:19 AM

      They got rid of Fisher because he was a turnover machine, could not shoot, and could no longer play the PG position; all of which Nash is the complete opposite.

  2. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Christmas of 2013?

  3. yousuxxors - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    You know what i want for xmas …. To not see an article about nash and pau till theg actually play.

  4. magicbucs - Dec 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    “hopefully” doesn’t sound too good lol. Nash won’t play if he’s still sore. Even if he does lakers will still suck and Nash will get hurt again. Bye bye lakers. Enjoy being the bottom feeders of the west.

  5. jerdogthompson - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM


    I’m gonna have to err on the side of caution and say Nash will probably see a game late January. Being I’m close to his age I know how I bounced back from hangovers and nerve damage when I was 23 and then again at 39. What am I saying? He’s clearly a world class athlete and me a mere mortal. It was worth a shot.

  6. mytthor - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    It’s popular to say that Nash won’t improve the defense, but it’s actually not true. What he will help is the Lakers cutting down on turnovers and there will be more made baskets, so while he won’t help the halfcourt defense, that’s not really the Lakers problem.

    • tsi431 - Dec 18, 2012 at 7:20 AM

      Lets not forget he will be the only player to actually make free throws on the Lakers.

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        Dwight Howard is the only starter under 75%.

    • davidly - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Plus, he’ll improve the bench indirectly by sending Duhon to the second team where he will also likely turn the ball over less, and have a much easier primary defensive task guarding other bench players.

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