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Steve Nash eyes February return to Lakers

Jan 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

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Steve Nash is a man fully in touch with his basketball mortality.

After coming to the Lakers in trade on a three-year deal that would likely be the final one of his career last season, Nash has been spending most of his time in his new surroundings simply trying to get healthy enough to make a consistent on-court contribution.

A nerve issue that has resulted from back and hamstring issues has limited Nash a ton this season, and realizing that the next time he steps onto the court may be among the last in a professional setting, he’s determined to get as healthy as possible before making his return to the lineup.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

The way Steve Nash sees it, if the next time he suits up for the Los Angeles Lakers goes south because of the chronic nerve issues in his back and hamstrings, it could be the last basketball he plays in his illustrious 18-year career.

With that in mind, Nash is making sure he does as much as possible to get his body right before making what could be his final comeback attempt as an NBA player.

“At some point, I have to also realize, do the safest thing, the best possible opportunity to play basketball again rather than letting my angst get the better of me and jumping back in there,” Nash said after the Lakers’ shootaround Friday. “I know I can get healthy. It’s a matter of, ‘Can I sustain it?’ And I’m just trying to get that health under my belt for an amount of time where we feel confident that it can be sustainable is the tricky part, and that’s probably going to take a little while longer than I was hoping.”

The situation is not only depressing to a Lakers team that hoped to get a couple of serviceable seasons out of a Hall of Fame caliber point guard, but also to Nash himself.

Nash has always prided himself on his conditioning and the care he’s taken with his body throughout his career. In Phoenix, he was always leading by example with his diet and training regimens, and could always be seen stretching and doing awkward-looking exercises on the sidelines during games in order to stay ready and keep his body in prime physical condition.

Nash will skip the team’s upcoming seven-game road trip, and hopes to be back the first week of February. But it’s far from guaranteed.

“It’s all super speculative at this point because it’s such a weird, tricky dimension when you’re talking about this nerve issue,” Nash said.

It makes sense for Nash to get as healthy as possible before returning for what could very well be his final stretch of NBA games. He’s under contract for one more year after this one, but there are multiple options available if he’s physically unable to play beyond this season.

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