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  1. Jermaine O’Neal treating this season like it’s his last

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Jermaine O’Neal has spent three careers in the NBA. He entered the league as its youngest player – undercutting Kobe Bryant by a few months – and spent four seasons in Portland buried on the bench. Then, he went to Indiana and made six straight All-Star games, even finishing third in 2004 MVP voting. Afterward,…

  2. Steve Nash maintains desire to return next season

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Mike D'Antoni, Gary Vitti, Steve Blake

    Steve Nash’s season is over. At least, Mike D’Antoni thinks so. Nash hasn’t played in three weeks, and he’s played just 10 games all season. He’s also 40, the NBA’s oldest player. When you get that age, serious injuries aren’t viewed as potentially season-ending. They’re all viewed as potentially career-ending. Nash isn’t ready to retire,…

  3. Mike D’Antoni doubts Nash returns this season, has he played his last game?

    Mar 3, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the most recent documentary video (via Grantland) about Steve Nash’s attempt to return to the NBA following a nerve root issue, you can see he is shaken when he learns of the “stretch provision” of the new CBA. He was afraid if he didn’t return this season the Lakers would use this provision —…

  4. Steve Nash talks about stretch provision motivating his recovery (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    You don’t get to be an NBA player, a professional athlete at an elite level, without some ego. Steve Nash has one. Certainly not one that is out of control, but he knows his NBA career is winding down and he wants to leave the game on his terms. He wants to contribute. In this…

  5. Report: NBA general manager concerned Dante Exum will force his way to Lakers

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

    NBL Rd 18 - Melbourne v Adelaide

    A draft prospect who grew up overseas really wanted to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. But a team drafting before the Lakers also wanted the player. So, the player threated to sign with a foreign team if he couldn’t go to the Lakers. Safe to say, the Nets wish they had called Kobe Bryant’s…

  6. Pau Gasol questions Lakers discipline after loss to Pacers

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    It’s obviously been a bit of a rough season for the Lakers, and especially so for Pau Gasol. Gasol was once again embroiled in what have been seemingly annual trade talks, only to see him remain with the team now that the deadline has passed. He’s been injured off and on, though not to the…

  7. Mitch Kupchak on prospect of Steve Nash retiring after this season: ‘It’s his decision’

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    Steve Nash hasn’t lost the deep competitive fire he feels for the game of basketball, but his body has begun to betray him to the point that the ability to extend his career beyond this season has become a legitimate concern. Nash has said that his recent string of injuries and the constant rehabilitation they…

  8. Mitch Kupchak says Lakers don’t do salary dumps

    Feb 21, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol is still a Los Angeles Laker. He and his $19.3 million salary. He could have been moved at the trade deadline but the Lakers wanted assets back for the Spanish star. For example, talks with the Phoenix Suns fell apart when the Lakers wanted one of the top two of the four first…

  9. Baron Davis spoofs Steve Nash comeback video

    Feb 18, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Jordan Brand Melo M9 Shoe Launch

    For this video to really make the most sense, you need to watch the fantastic video charting Steve Nash‘s return to the court and his efforts. After that… well done Baron Davis. Well done. Hat tip to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News for posting this.

  10. Lakers GM says no regrets about Nash. What else is he going to say?

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Steve Nash played in his 10th game of the season this week — which took the medical retirement off the table, his $9.5 million will be paid by the Lakers one way or another now — there were a number of Lakers fans upset with that. They thought Nash was selfish for not putting…

  11. Steve Nash talks frankly about road back, end of his career (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    That is fantastic work. By Grantland and by the filmmaking companies. More importantly, it doesn’t work if Steve Nash doesn’t open up about coming to the end of his career and his fight to get back on the court. We often try to paint professional athletes as two dimensional figures, guys who are there to…

  12. Steve Nash’s leg bothering him again, likely out until after All-Star break

    Feb 12, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash played his 10th game for the Lakers Tuesday night (maybe now some Lakers fans will finally let go of the medical retirement stuff that was never going to happen anyway). And he aggravated his nerve root injury. Again. Nash tried to play through it but that didn’t work. He said the back issue…

  13. Report: Steve Nash told friends he plans to retire after season. He says he’s not stopping.

    Feb 10, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Lakers

    While this is the dream of some Lakers fans and has some logic to it, let me caution you to take this report with a grain of salt. And if you were really fans of Steve Nash and basketball you’d be cheering for it not to be true. But a report out of New York,…

  14. Kobe Bryant says he plans to return, play for Lakers this season

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Boston Celtics At TD Garden

    If the season ended today, the Lakers would have the seven or eight pick (they are tied with Cleveland, there would be a coin flip). They are also currently 12 games back of the eight seed and the playoffs in the West, ground they are not going to make up. Those facts have a lot…

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

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    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…

  16. Steve Nash, 40 years old, crosses up Evan Turner for the layup (VIDEO)

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:13 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday, and scored a game-high 19 points in helping the Lakers to a double-digit win over the Sixers. And despite the fact that Evan Turner was an All-Star last season, the 25-year old was taken to school by the elder Nash on this play, which saw the Lakers…

  17. Lakers’ Nick Young injures knee, out at least two weeks

    Feb 6, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    The Lakers, already far and away leading the NBA in man-games lost to injury, continue to pad that lead. Not that they want to. Just as they got pretty much their entire point guard rotation back from injury, they have lost Nick Young for at least two weeks with a “non-displaced fracture of the patella…

  18. Lakers finish win over Cavaliers with just four active players

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

    Lakers bench

    The Lakers were already shorthanded heading into Wednesday’s contest against the Cavaliers, but by the time it was over, they didn’t have a combination of qualified and healthy players to even field a five-man team. L.A. led by as many as 29 points before holding on for the 119-108 victory, but things were a bit…

  19. Wednesday And-1 Links: “The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA: All Star Edition” comic book exists

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT

    Inside the NBA comic book

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • I LOVE that this exists. DC Comics has teamed with TNT’s “Inside the…

  20. Told by Lakers they’re dropping him, Manny Harris scores 19 points for Los Angeles

    Feb 5, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

    Manny Harris, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson

    Steve Nash and Steve Blake returned for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Jordan Farmar should be back soon, too. So, it makes sense the Lakers wouldn’t re-sign Manny Harris. They’ve already signed him to two 10-day contracts, the second of which expires today, and they’d have to re-sign him for the rest of the…

  21. The Extra Pass: Talking Blazers, Clippers, coaching with Bill and Luke Walton

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    Portland Trail Blazers fans are not fair weathered. They have stuck with the franchise through some dark times. Now they are being rewarded — with LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, Portland fans are getting to witness some of the best, most entertaining basketball Rip City has seen in more than a decade.…

  22. Welcome back: Steve Nash throws halfcourt alley-oop pass in return (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota Timberwolves

    There were plenty of moments in his return where Steve Nash looked rusty, but there were moments where he looked like the Steve Nash we remember as well. For an example of the latter, check out the half-court alley-oop pass to Wesley Johnson from Nash. Nash had nine assists but it wasn’t enough to lift…

  23. Steve Nash to return, start for Lakers Tuesday night against Minnesota

    Feb 4, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    So much for that whole “easing him back in” thing… Steve Nash will not only be back and play for the Lakers on Tuesday night, he will start, coach Mike D’Antoni told the media, as reported by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Nash will play the first 5-8 minutes of the game…

  24. Pau Gasol gets PRP injection, posts photo

    Feb 4, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Never say Pau Gasol didn’t learn a few things from Kobe Bryant. Such as if you are injured it’s fine to post photos of you getting an injection. Kobe did it earlier this season, then late Monday night Gasol posted this: Gasol is out for the next week at least with a groin strain (he…

  25. Steve Nash listed as “probable,” expected to play for Lakers Tuesday

    Feb 3, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Believe it or not, the Lakers are actually going to get some players healthy. Not Pau Gasol (out this week with a groin strain) no Kobe Bryant (out at least past the All-Star Game with his fractured knee) but they are getting Steve Nash and Steve Blake back. The pair of guards will be listed…

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