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Steve Nash tweaks back getting out of bed, still likely to practice Thursday, is day-to-day

Jan 28, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT

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Steve Nash is day-to-day, according to the Lakers. He could be back playing with the Lakers by Friday night.

But in a sign of how fragile things are with the former MVP, who is about to turn 40 (Feb. 7), he didn’t practice on Monday as expected after tweaking his back getting out of bed, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Nash has played just six games this season for the Lakers due to the nerve root issue that impacts his back and leg. He has been in Vancouver both getting treatment and retraining his body not to make the moves that aggravate the issue.

Nash is back with the Lakers and here is the official statement, via Lakers’ spokesman John Black.

“The plan for him is to have a practice on Thursday and he’s basically day-to-day,” Black said. “We’ll update you on whether he’ll play Friday based on how Thursday’s practice goes.”

Here is what Nash himself told the Times.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I’ve done all the work and I feel ready to practice again,” said Nash, who has been rehabilitating away from the team in Vancouver, Canada. “I’m really excited, just to be part of the team again.”

The Lakers could use Nash back in a lineup that has had to lean on D-League pickup Kendall Marshall at the point (although he has played well and may be one of those guys who thrives in the Mike D’Antoni system, plus he has found his previously lost shot). Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake also could return to the team next week.

Nash is not going to be what he once was at age 40, but for a guy who has meant so much to the game, a guy with a gift of court vision and an amazing ability to dictate a game, I want to see him leave the game on his terms. He should leave playing well, not because injury forced him out. I hope he meets that goal (and ruins the hopes of selfish Lakers fans trying to push him out to door to save some cash against the cap).

  1. Hubert Woodhaus - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Retire already.

  2. unfly - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    I don’t think it’s selfish to not want a 40 year old who was a mistake to trade for in the first place not to play out his $10m contract after the Lakers wasted a max contract on Kobe.

    • gostlcards5 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I agree with you about Nash, but I would hesitate (at this point) to say that the max contract was wasted on Kobe. That guy has put butts in Lakers seats for years now, one of the bona fide all-time greats. Give him a chance to see how he comes back from the injuries.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Nash is a piece of junk, just taking Laker money, should be charged with stealing.
      Kobe doesn’t even want him around and people complain about Kobe getting 48 mil,
      at least Kobe has delivered 5 championships and when he fully heals will get on the
      court. Nash should stop lying, I get out of bed every day with no problem and I have
      a five year old mattress and I’m older, Kobe should smack this guy, what a fraud.

      • calkinsrob - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        How can you say that about one of the classiest guys in the NBA for the past 10-15 years. unbelievable. Im sure he wants to come back and play. NO ONE wants to end their career with an injury.

      • apkyletexas - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        Good thing he showed up in La-La land to get paid, and…. and get paid some more.

    • thedano - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      unfly, the Lakers didn’t sign Kobe to a max deal. Fact

    • thedano - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      There is no way the Lakers bring him back next year fot $10mil when they can cut ties and spread the $10mil cap hit over the next 3 years…….UNLESS, they don’t have a FA target worth committing long term money too and they are going to wait until 2015 to sign a bigger name. In that scenario maybe Nash sticks and mentors some of the younger guys for one last year.

    • zerole00 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Are you just trolling or do you not live in reality? Nash’s work ethic has NEVER been in question, and I find it hilarious that you guys act as if that $10M is involuntarily coming out of your pockets. It’s your choice to attend/watch Laker games and buy Laker merchandise.

      The irony is I bet the same people who are pissed about Nash being paid while injured, were probably ecstatic to have traded Bynum when he was out with the Sixers.

      Point is, the Lakers knew (or should have known) the risk. Basketball wears down your legs over time and Nash was much closer to 40 than 35.

      • chrmngblly - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        I am trying to decide what you just said. In the olden days, Nash was one of the greats, we know that, you know that. Now that I live in Philly, I am just as pissed about the Bynum travesty as I am that Nash is practically being wheeled from game to game and also to the bank to deposit his giant checks for doing squat for the Lakers. I don’t know how he stands the humiliation of reaching out and taking his paycheck from Jim Buss’ hand. My God.

        Nash ought to be proud enough to retire from playing. He could give the Lakers another year coaching their guards or something. Right now, he is taking the place of some scrub on the team roster who could possibly do the team some good.

        I agree with you about the Lakers being oblivious. Jim Buss ought to have a feel for the risk—he just doesn’t. Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Mike Brown, Mike D’Antoni. Each of these was a risky move in a different way and Jim Buss failed the owner’s test every time. Nash ought to retire, yes, but Buss screwed the Lakers for years to come by failing to trade Howard at the trade deadline last year. So more than Nash, Buss needs to step aside or otherwise retire.

    • thedano - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      The Nash signing made complete sense. The Lakers had the worst PG play in the league for a couple of years, and zero cap space available. Management has admitted to rolling the dice in the hopes that it had gone well, to making one more run for Dr. Buss who was in poor health at the time.

      You take the risk it would help…..it didn’t. Time to move past that. This season is working out perfectly for LAL, who are going to end up with a franchise type draftee to go along with Kobe and another big name player.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      I tweaked my back getting off the toilet. Can I not go to work for the next few weeks?

  3. sportsfan18 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Sad ending to a HOF career.

    I hope/wish for him to get on the court one last time and have a few good possessions in a row.

    Make an assist, hit a 3 pointer and then walk off the court and retire.

    So many are calling for him to retire but I don’t want him to retire after rehabbing for so long and retire from the bench.

    Hopefully he can play for a few minutes and walk off the court after doing something successful.

    His plan when he came to the Lakers was to chase the championship he doesn’t have. Most everyone thought the Lakers had a great chance with Kobe, Dwight, Pau and Nash.

    But that didn’t work out of course…

    Nash doesn’t really have a reason to play next year as the Lakers won’t be close to winning it all. They’ll struggle just to make the playoffs.

    He’s already a HOF and next season won’t do much for his career without the chance for a finals appearance or a title.

    Get back on the court, do something nice and walk off into the next stage of your life Steve.

    The Lakers are going nowhere this season either so there isn’t anything to play for in that he’s already a HOF.

  4. antistratfordian - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    No one leaves playing that well. If Nash is playing well enough for someone to say “he’s playing well” then he’ll just keep playing. Ballers are like boxers – they all stay too long.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Nash is shameless, Kobe should give him his cane and tell him to be a man.

      • mogogo1 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Problem is that would leave Kobe without a cane…and he needs one as badly as Nash.

      • ranfan12 - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        There’s probably a couple in the locker room just in case the other players need them with all the injuries they have

  5. timb12 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    If he gets a double double when he comes back, he should walk off right then. I don’t know if he can do better than that.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      a double cheese burger?

  6. braven4evr - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    wow! Very brittle. .. lol

  7. naterich21 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Huge fan of Nash, but couldn’t help but laugh at the title of this. He’s getting old

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      he’s old and finished, just collecting money, he has no intensions of playing.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      I think if I were Nash, I would have lied about how I did it. Lots of things can tweak a back – even getting out of bed – but you don’t typically associate that with a professional athlete.

  8. Lochlan Dougherty - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Sign that it might be time to retire

  9. shuttaman1990 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    ………..
    ……….
    just……..
    This was a bad bad trade.
    I mean we possibly still keep ramon sessions. Dwight comes along, if mike brown really sucks like he did with that offense he gets fired and there is no way in hell Phil Jackson doesn’t get hired(I believe D’antoni was hired cuz Phil would not have really used nash)

    God damnnit we got fleeced by the suns! Look at em now!

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      The player the Suns drafted with the 2013 pick they received from the Lakers is currently on the Golden State Warriors’ D-League squad. They are better this year, but not because of anyone they’ve received for Nash (yet, they have a 2015 pick as well so it depends on what they do with that).

    • thedano - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      It was actually a good trade. The Lakers had disgusting PG play. The previous year, before Nash, it ranked like in the 40s or 50s, meaning most teams backups were better than the Lakers PGs.

      The Lakers had no cap space available. Management wanted to put together a team that could potentially make a run, for Dr. Buss who’s health was getting worse. So they acquired a veteran player at the end, but who was still solid the previous year. Age finally caught up to Nash. Did they roll the dice on the trade?? Yes. Did it work out?? No. But it was a good option, considering they only gave up draft picks in the 20s which as the other poster said, is a player in the D-League right now.

      It’s worked out ok from the standpoint that, they didn’t have to tie up a max deal for Dwight Howard, who isn’t championship material…..and now they’ll get a top draft pick in a loaded draft. Spending up the rebuilding process.

      • thedano - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        *Speeding

  10. scbaby2013 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Nash is done. Wish he would retire

  11. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    He has added no value for two years. Do the right thing the last year.

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Well, I realize that Nash only played in 50 games last season (that will be much more than Kobe plays this season by the way), but when he WAS on the court last season, he played well.

      He shot great as usual. He just missed another 90/50/40 season. He has FOUR in his career. It would have been his 5th such season at 38 yrs old.

      He shot .922% from the line
      He shot ..438% from 3 point
      He shot .497 from the field (oh so close and it rounds to 50% but it is NOT 50%)

      Had he made only TWO more shots last season, he would have averaged 50% from the field.

      So, how common is a 90/50/40 season? ONLY 6 players have ever had such a season.

      Besides Nash with FOUR of these seasons and coming oh so close last year, Mr. Larry Bird is the ONLY other player in the history of the league to have even TWO such seasons.

      The other four players have only done it once.

      Now Nash wasn’t an all star level at all last season but one may not correctly say that he did not add “no” value last year, to use your word.

      • davidly - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:33 AM

        Why would you leave such an excellent and enlightening comment and then stop short, cheating us of the knowledge of the identity of the other four players?

        Is Oscar Robertson is one of them? Is Wilt Chamberlain? Maybe LBJ? How about Earvin Johnson? Fess up or there is no more Internet for you!!

      • davidly - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        Apparently not enlightening enough at my level of reading comprehension. Scratch those guesses.

        Upon further consideration, I see why you didn’t mention the other four — even if I am sure one or them has got to be Skibby MaRue.

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:58 AM

        There is an “NBA 90/50/40 club” wiki page plus lots of other info when Googling that term.

        The others are Kevin Durant last season (he might do it this season too).

        Reggie Miller

        Dirk Nowitzki

        Mark Price

        Plus Nash 4 times and Bird twice.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50%E2%80%9340%E2%80%9390_club

      • davidly - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Thank you, kindly.

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        You’re welcome.

      • adamsjohn714 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        I keep thinking that Jose Calderon did it once. I’m too lazy to check, which is really lazy because it would take 20 seconds, but there you are.

  12. thevikesarebest - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Timberwolves > lakers. Minnesota >LA

    • therealhtj - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      First thing sure, but not by much. 2nd thing? I’ll have 2 of whatever you’re on.

  13. yuwannano - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    When you throw your back out rolling out of bed, I think it’s time to retire.

  14. drago2012 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Tweaked his back getting out of bed!!! You have got be kidding us. Could have not happened to a better team. The whole world hates the Lakers and coach Riley, soon to hate the Miami and coach Riley. Hoping for a tsunami to swallow both cities and their fans.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      didn’t you see Sharknado? That already happened

  15. onlyavoice - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Steve Nash tweaks back getting out of bed,
    his boyfriends bed.

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Grow up only a voice…

  16. omniusprime - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Only a total moron like Kurt Helin would think Trash Nash has been of any help to the Lakers. He’s done more damage to the Lakers as a Laker than he ever did with any other team combined. If he can’t even get out of bed without injuring himself then the Lakers are stupid to keep this pathetic piece of garbage. All Trash Nash is doing is stealing Laker money for doing nothing.

    Way past time to drop this worthless sewage and find a better point guard. Plus trade that other worthless excuse of a PG Steve Flake. He’s also wasting Laker money with his pathetic play and now constant injured status. The Lakers are too old at the guard positions and they need to get rid of the old garbage and rebuild.

    The other thing that the Lakers need to do is fire Dumbtoni and find a real coach, not this cockroach loser who’s tanking our team with his most ignorant small ball game plan. I’m still ignoring the Lakers and the NBA on tv and keep hoping the Lakers lose until Kupcake and clueless Jerky Boy Jimmy decide to pull the plug on their second coaching mistake in a row.

    Trade Trash Nash & Steve Flake! Fire Dumbtoni Now!

  17. 5xchamp24 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    His body has turned completely into glass

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