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Steve Nash leaves with nerve irritation, but Lakers believe it’s a short-term issue

Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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Steve Nash was playing in just his third game since returning from injury on Sunday, before leaving in the third quarter against the Bulls with what was described as nerve irritation.

Nash suffered a leg fracture and subsequent nerve damage that had sidelined him for all but six games before his recent return, and being forced out of action due to some similar symptoms had many worried that another serious setback would cause even more missed time this season.

But the initial diagnosis is a positive one, and the team hopes that Nash will return in time for the Lakers’ next game on Tuesday.

From Trevor Wong of

“I think he’ll be OK on Tuesday,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’ll see. Just a freak bump of knees and his back started tightening up a little bit.”

Postgame, Nash explained he made contact with Kirk Hinrich in the same spot the nerve root issue had bothered him before.

“That nerve flared up and I started to compensate,” Nash said. “I wasn’t going to be very effective and I wasn’t going to risk going back on all that work I’ve done to get back on the court.”

The reality is that even Nash doesn’t know how much he has left to give at this point, or when the injuries he’s worked so hard to get past will return to limit him once again. This latest setback appears to be a minor one, but there’s a lingering uneasy sense that Nash’s career, whenever it’s over, won’t end on his terms.

  1. chapmanb2014 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    I can understand wanting to leave on a high note but come on man……Your body is telling you it is time to hang up the sneakers.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    It’s a short term issue…until his next injury.

  3. luz56 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Time to put this guy out of his misery…your body just quit on you…Have him retire and give him a front office job…. The Hollywood Fakers will return to being the Lakers once Kobe ,D’Antoni, Jimmy are gone…. Please Jeanne time to take control before you become the Clippers

    • mickdamill - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Lakers should be happy to become a playoff team like the Clippers.

  4. lhollis74 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    According to his doctor, he has nerve damage. It cannot be healed or regenerated, only managed, so this will happen continuously. This being reported as a short term issue is disingenuous.

  5. sportsfan18 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I’m a huge Nash fan and I wish him the best.

    The Lakers are going nowhere this season so it isn’t really affecting the team either way.

    I hope he does not try to play next year though.

    If this continues to act up or if gets hurt again and misses many weeks, I hope he’s able to come back, get on the court, make a 3 pointer, get an assist or something and then walk off the court on his own.

    I don’t want to see him retire from the game from the bench, having been on it due to injury.

    Hopefully his mind figures out that his body has told him not to play next year.

  6. loyalraven - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Steve Nash was a beat back in the 80’s

    • kb2408 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      He can still hoop, just ask Philly. He just can’t stay healthy.

  7. stephenolszewski - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    It’s too bad Nash doesn’t deserve to go out like this, a class act am one of the better PG’s I’ve had the opportunity to watch growing up

  8. kb2408 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    “Suck for Luck”? Wait, that was in the NFL. What rhymes with Parker, Wiggins, Embiid or Exum?

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Gettin’ sorry for Jabari, Riggin’ for Wiggins, Hittin’ the skids for Embiid, Lose all day for Dante.

    • bjswoosh805 - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      “lose some and get Exum”

    • aboogy123456 - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      I really am hoping for one of those guys because they will change the franchise for the next ten years. The lakers need to somehow get a top 3 pick. As it stands today they are the 6th worst team, and they have a 21.5% chance at a top 3 pick. If they can become the 5th worst team, then it goes up significantly to a 29.2% chance. This is the most crucial draft lottery I can remember.

  9. fotydaze - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Steve Nash is injured…REALLY? I’m shocked!!!

  10. polarbearsquares - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    You’re not going to blame this on “selfish Laker fans?”

    Seeing how you guys are always taking unsubstantiated potshots at Laker fans featuring zero actual quotes from Laker fans I was wondering if you were going to blame this on us as well.

    • unfly - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:05 AM

      This. I was expecting more unwarranted jabs at Laker fans.

  11. omniusprime - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Sad that the irritation known as Trash Nash doesn’t do the Lakers a favor by retiring. Trash is too old and frail, a pity that he’ll return soon to injure himself again and make the Lakers the laughing stock of the NBA. A shame this greedy little jerk won’t do the honorable thing by retiring, no he’ll gut it out to steal as much money from the Lakers as he can.

    When will Kupcake and that moron Jerky Boy Jimmy realize they made a massive mistake bringing in this geriatric old geezer who’s way past his prime? The sooner they cut this worthless piece of old garbage from the team the better. That and fire that other worthless piece of trash sitting on the bench contributing nothing, Dumbtoni. Plus fire that third worthless piece of garbage wasting Laker money Steve Flake, the sorriest excuse for a point guard the Lakers ever had.

    Fire Trash Nash, Steve Flake and Dumbtoni!

  12. billtetley53 - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    What a treat it is to see lakers fans praying for losses in hopes of a high draft pick.

    What happened to the “we dont rebuild, we reload” nonsense?
    I hope they stink for years…

    • aboogy123456 - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      A high draft pick would help them not only rebuild, but reload. If I am a free agent and I’m looking at the lakers with all that cap space, I’d be more interested in going there if they had a difference making rookie only getting $4-5 million / year. It’s not often that the lakers are in the lottery, but this is a very exciting draft and something to look forward to in a bad season.

  13. billtetley53 - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    What big name free agents ate going to take less money to go to the lakers? Please advise.

    Its a pipe dream on your part to think any “franchise type” players are coming, just because “its L.A.”

    The front office already shot itself in the foot giving Kobe the contract they did.

    Kobe, if he wanted to try for more titles, should have taken a below market deal.

    The last name free agent to sign with the Lakers was Shaq. Thats a long time ago, when there were no restrictions on what they could offer.
    Now, most guys arent going to leave $ on the table. This is a d league roster, with aging injury prone vets.
    Adding a top 3 pick to that roster doesnt put them back in the playoffs, neither does adding 2nd tier free agents.

    It would be great if they labored in mediocrity for 10 years or more.

    • aboogy123456 - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Bill who said that they would have to take less money to play for the lakers? The lakers have cap space so they can afford to offer a max contract to someone. For someone like Melo or Kevin love in a year, you have to consider the money is not only from the lakers, but the massive endorsement opportunities. Both of those factor into a players salary, and as much as you think lakers will be mediocre, they still can offer a great market, and that matters.

      By free agents I also don’t exclusively mean max players either, there are plenty of role players that they can offer money to and can afford to pay.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      There aren’t any big name free agents worth signing this year.

      • dstroi - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        Are you high?

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Carmelo Anthony: Not going to take the Lakers to a championship.
        LeBron James: Not leaving Miami, hardly consider him a free agent.
        Dwayne Wade: See above.
        Dirk Nowitzki: see above, only Dallas.
        Greg Monroe: restricted, only potential free agent worth signing, Detroit still likely matches.
        Eric Bledsoe: restricted, Phoenix will match.
        Luol Deng: only one worth signing, but not going to make Lakers championship contender.
        Zach Randolph: not worth signing to max or close to max at his age. Might as well stick with Pau.
        Lance Stephenson: worth signing but plays same position as Kobe.
        Evan Turner: no
        Rudy Gay: no
        Danny Granger: no
        Kyle Lowry: is he just playing at this level in a contract year?

      • mightbegoingtohellforthis - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Unrestricted free agents: Lebron, Bosh, Wade, Melo, Duncan
        Restricted free agents: Bledsoe, Turner, Monroe

  14. yuwannano - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Poor Steve! Running up and down a court for 40 minutes with a bunch of kids half your age is no joke!

  15. billtetley53 - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    might, you should try to be realistic, being a lakers fsn, i know its not your strong suit. None of those guys are going anywhere.

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