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It’s not raining, it’s pouring in L.A.: Steve Nash out at least another month

Dec 19, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

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Not that the Lakers were expecting Steve Nash to return like the cavalry charging over the mountain to save the day, but now we know for sure that is not happening.

Steve Nash is going to be out at least another month, he announced to the media on Thursday afternoon. That announcement came at basically the same time the Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant would be out for six weeks with a fracture in his left knee.

For Nash, this is all tied to the nerve root issue impacting his back and leg that have hobbled him since last season. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne spoke to Nash about this.

Nash came back earlier this season but could only play six games before being sidelined again with the same issue.

Steve Nash wants to return this season and contribute, he doesn’t want to be forced out of the NBA due to injury. Like any great athlete, he wants to leave on his terms.

However, there are real questions about whether that can happen. Whether Nash can play again this season let along next season when he is still under contract. Retirement is not a word he is going to seriously discuss yet. But it’s on peoples’ minds.

  1. senorpapino - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    The Lakers will probably miss the playoffs and end up at the top of the lottery.

  2. asimonetti88 - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    It’s actually raining here today too. Even the weather is upset about the Lakers.

    • JHathwell - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Yes it is.

  3. antistratfordian - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Well at least their perimeter defense is going to improve.

    • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:35 AM

      improve? was he playing in the first place ?

      • antistratfordian - Dec 22, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        the longer nash and bryant are out, the better its going to be for their perimeter defense.

      • money2long - Dec 22, 2013 at 2:21 AM

        that’s not what u were saying. u said it would improve. improve from what? nash was not playing. u screwed up. yet again.

  4. 00maltliquor - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I really, really hate to say this, but with Nash out it really is more like addition by subtraction. I mean, we could definitely use him now, but when the other two PGs make it back he better fall back and be used as the 3rd string PG.

  5. apkyletexas - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Old-timers in LA are just cashing fat checks until they hang up the Nike’s for good at the end of next season.

    Meanwhile, down in San Antonio, a different bunch of old-timers are going about the ends of their careers in a very different manner…

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Yeah, say that when the big 3 go down with as many injuries for the same length of time as these old-timers in LA. Kind of easy to stay good when your key players aren’t constantly hurt.

  6. billtetley53 - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Injuries are the excuse of losers. Build a better team with better depth instead of paying an aging supserstar 24 million per year.
    Duncan took 10 to help build a better roster. So that when injuries happen, they aren’t stuck for cap space. Duncan> Kobe on and off the court.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Lakers are leading the NBA in bench scoring this year. They are the fourth best rebounding bench unit, third best in bench steals, fourth best in bench assists, first in bench blocks. Please tell me more about how the Lakers have no depth this year. They have plenty of depth, they just have a lot of bench players that do some things well and nothing great.

  7. billtetley53 - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    The whole team is bench players.

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