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Steve Nash may return to Lakers next week

Jan 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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Injuries more than anything else have been the story of the Lakers season to this point, and while many felt that even a healthy L.A. squad would have trouble competing with the Western Conference elite, that task became impossible once Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and others went down with injuries for extended periods of time.

Some of the team’s star players are expected back shortly, however, with Nash being on track to potentially make his return as early as next week.

The question with Nash when he does return will be this: Exactly what version of him will we see?

Nash’s health has deteriorated over the past two seasons to the point where he was simply trying to make it back to action in any condition that would allow him to play. Obviously his defense has been a concern in recent years even when he’s been close to 100 percent, although he won’t be much worse than a substantially younger and fully healthy Kendall Marshall has been as a replacement.

In addition to Nash, Bryant is expected to return sometime in the next few weeks, though he’d rather not play in the All-Star game even if he’s back by then.

The season is a lost one for the Lakers, but it’s important for Bryant and Nash to play as many games as possible to get fully right from a basketball standpoint, and learn their limitations following the injuries so they can tailor their workouts (and their games) over the summer in order to have a healthier and more productive campaign next season.

  1. supervillain910 - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    From the heart of all Lakers fans… Steve… Please retire or accept a buyout…. Your too frail and nonathletic. You cannot play defense and you can barely run anymore…… Your worthless now and I do applaud your efforts but this is getting ridiculous…. Signed…. A true Lakers fan…..

  2. aboogy123456 - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    I love Nash and think he’s a hall of fame player but I really hope he chooses to retire after this year so the lakers get that $9 million in cap room next season.

    • azarkhan - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Oh yeah, he’ll walk away from $9.7 million.

  3. calkinsrob - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    It really sucks to see my favorite player end his career like this.

  4. chapmanb2014 - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    This has to be one of the worst FA signings that the Lakers have ever done. Watch Nash will come back and help the Lakers to win just enough games preventing a good draft pick. Stay on the bench STEVE WE DONT WANT YOU

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      If getting a good draft pick is what you value over wins (I don’t) then having Steve Nash come back and taking a big chunk of playing time away from players substantially more useful like Marshall, and eventually Farmar and Blake is EXACTLY what you want and need.

  5. abchome - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Unfortunately, Nash should retire if he really wants to help the Lakers.

  6. jgray30 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    BOOO! <for Nash

    • ranfan12 - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      One doesn’t simply boo a hall of famer.

  7. billtetley53 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    And just ONE short year ago, all you laker fans were bragging what a great signing this was…I have to laugh at you tools.

    Nash? Please just retire.
    Howard? He isn’t that good anyway.

    Yet there you were, rubbing it in everyones faces when they joined LA.

    Your fanbase deserved this implosion.
    Get used to it, its not changing for the foreseeable future.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      How is the snow? It is in the mid-70s here today. I think I might go to the beach this weekend.

      • azarkhan - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        And yet the LA 2020 Commission called Los Angeles “a city in decline, strangled by traffic, weighed down by poverty and suffering from a crisis of leadership and direction…” LA Times, Jan 8. Enjoy!

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        I don’t live in LA. Yeah, their political system sucks. Corruption everywhere! Still better than Chicago politics.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        at least we don’t have to worry about getting shot like you do in Chicago. That is not enjoyable!

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        the LA 2020 commission is paid to improve the city you think they’re going to say it is doing just dandy and stop the paychecks from coming in?

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      One short year ago, Nash was playing for the Lakers! It’s been two years. Check your calendar before you hate!

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      At the time it looked GREAT!

      But then Steve Nash finally broke down and we realized D12 was a spineless coward who wasn’t capable of being the #1 while getting paid like it (for me he’s worth 15 million per, not the 23 he would eventually accrue).

      What, we are not allowed to change our mind? We can’t re-access our situation after having a first-hand evaluation?

      So you mean to tell me you married the very first girl you dated in middle school and have never seen anyone else? ‘Cause that’s what it’s like. You never liked a girl, dated her, then find out later on that outside the good looks she’s just not your flavor? Or have you always been then one to get dumped?

      • cmehustle - Jan 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Lol! No what I think he’s saying is he told you the marraige wasnt going to work and you still went and did it anyway. So be happy with your child support and alimony payments (luxury tax bill). At least thats how I took it.

  8. imthedudedude - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Wasn’t a FA signing, you gave us 4 picks :) Steve is a SUN for life! LONG LIVE PHX

    • bougin89 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Sign and trades in the NBA are FA signings. In a very general not exactly factual way of saying it the Lakers traded draft picks for the Suns cap space essentially.

  9. lakerade - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Nash was really a backup plan signing after the leagueimeanneworleansowners vetoed the cp3 trade. That he got hurt has been very unfortunate as we never really got to see what he and D’Antoni could do together in LA. That said, happy for him to be back soon, and whatever the team does with him in the offseason will be fine, Mitch is a better chess player than you are.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      THANKS DAN GILBERT

  10. billtetley53 - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Ugh, he came in July of 2012….FOR THE 2012-2013 season! its now the 2013-2014 season!!! Get it?!?!

    Last season was 1 year ago, you moron.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      it was 1 season ago not 1 year ago

  11. patsfan92 - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    i completely forgot he was still playing

  12. billtetley53 - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    cms: malts a little slow on the uptake…

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