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Lakers’ Steve Nash could sit second half of back-to-backs

Oct 28, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

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We told you Steve Nash’s health this preseason — which has limited both his time on the court and his play on it — has been a concern for the Lakers.

Mike D’Antoni may address that by resting Nash in certain games, including half of back-to-backs — and the Lakers open the season with a back-to-back (at home vs. Clippers Tuesday then on the road against the Warriors Wednesday). Here is what D’Antoni told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“There’s a possibility,” D’Antoni said of Nash sitting out against Golden State. “We have to talk about it. I haven’t talked to him. Obviously we’ll see how he feels in the next couple of days, but it’s very possible that he sits out.”

D’Antoni said he and Nash likely would determine the point guard’s playing status as each of L.A.’s 19 sets of back-to-back games come up in the schedule, rather than map it out beforehand and be married to the plan.

What this means is the Lakers are going to lean even more heavily on Jordan Farmar, who played in Europe last season. And you thought the Lakers were in trouble this season….

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Farmar should be a better fit in the Mike D’Antoni system than he ever was in the triangle during his last stint in Los Angeles, but he’s not a guy that can carry this team very far.

We’ve said from the start that if the Lakers have any hope of living up to their expectations this season — making the playoffs — they are going to need to stay healthy. Already Nash is taking about missing a chunk of games and Kobe Bryant hasn’t even practiced with the team. A slow start could be too big a hole for this team to dig out of.

Well, at least Pau Gasol has looked good.

  1. 00maltliquor - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Great. Means more Steve Blake. Guess this is our version of “Riggin’ for Wiggins”.
    Although I can’t front, he went HAM in the last preseason game. But that was preseason…

  2. rickyspanish - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    What’s HAM?

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      upgrade from bologna…

      • redbaronx - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        adamsjohn714- LMAO! I liked that one!

  3. saint1997 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Kurt can you please remove the mid story ads (on the app) – feels a little cheap

  4. stadix093 - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Not a big deal, my boys aren’t really in contention for a title anyway, I’m just happy they will be more entertaining this year. You can really tell everyone wants to be here and it’s fun to watch. Go Lakers.

  5. rickyspanish - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    adamsjohn714

    That made me laugh, thank you sir.

  6. antistratfordian - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Leading this woeful squad to the playoffs is going to be Pau Gasol’s greatest accomplishment.

  7. basketballgod87 - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    i hope nash does well this season but Im afraid its over with

  8. therealhtj - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    He likely misses the first game of back-to-backs in many cases too.

  9. unxpexted1 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Hopefully after this year we can finally invest in some athleticism in the backcourt.

  10. truninerfan49 - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    2 first round picks and over 10 million a year for guy that is too old to play in back to backs. That trade will go down as one of the biggest disasters in Lakers history.

    • sfsugator - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Agreed

    • redbaronx - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      @truninerfan49 – I didn’t like that trade for the Lakers when it happened. I like it even less now!

      I love Steve, but you could see the writing on the wall in his last year in Phoenix.

      • bougin89 - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        I think it was a bad trade for the Lakers too but make no mistake, Nash was terrific his final season in Phoenix.

      • redbaronx - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        @bougin89 – Nash was terrific, but you could see the issues. He wasn’t cutting to the basket as much and his speed was a little down.

      • nativetexan2012 - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        Seriously? He led the league in total assists and was an All-Star. How is that writing on the wall? Last season he had a freak injury that impacted the whole season. Go to YouTube and look at the offensive highlights from 2012-2013 that are posted there and tell me he can’t still play at a high level. D’Antoni is just being overly cautious because he wants him there for the whole season.

      • redbaronx - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        @nativetexan2012 – His speed was down and his cuts to the basket were down. John Stockton was also still playing well in his last season with Utah, but you could see the loss of speed. That’s exactly why he retired.

        Nash is in the same situation. He can still be an effective player, but he’s not going to be carrying the Lakers for what they are paying him (superstar money).

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      “That trade will go down as one of the biggest disasters in Lakers history.”

      I don’t know, it may be up there, but the Lakers traded the 8th overall pick to the Celtics that allowed them to draft Larry Bird at 6th overall. To me, that’s the worst one because we could have had both Bird and Magic if Bird had slipped to us at 8.

      • nativetexan2012 - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Why don’t you wait until after this season before you make a statement like that? His injuries last season were not age-related. Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo missed more time than he did. Too many fans underestimate the value of Steve Nash.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Huh? I didn’t say anything about age-related injuries?

  11. nativetexan2012 - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Nash is not talking about missing games. He’s not that enthusiastic, but is willing to consider whatever helps the team. I think it’s too early to be talking about taking games off unless he’s got an injury situation. D’Antoni is trying to be cautious, but I think he may be over-doing it. Clippers were not a good matchup for Lakers last season, so I’m not going to freak if they lose. Think they can beat GS unless they have one of those unconscious shooting nights. Looking forward to the season, and Nash will be fine. Last season was not about age. It was an injury that had nothing to do with his body breaking down. There’s been too much focus on these little health issues in the preseason. He has played through a lot worse in his career.

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