Posted December 12, 2012

Steve Nash sidelined two more weeks: ‘I’m not even in shape’

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Steve Nash said he will be out another two weeks. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Steve Nash said he will be out another two weeks. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

It sounds like Steve Nash may not be back until the new year. The Los Angeles Lakers guard said he will not be playing in a game any time soon because of prolonged nerve damage to his leg, and admitted to not being in game-ready shape, according to a report from David Leon Moore of USA Today Sports.

Nash has been out since the first week of the season and seemed all but ready to return to the Lakers from a non-displaced fractured left fibula in mid October. The fibula has healed, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, but now the problem is nerve damage to his leg that became apparent during his rehabilitation.

News of the nerve damage led Nash to believe that he will be out at least two more weeks:

“I think it will be at least another two weeks I can move. I can shoot. I just can’t run full speed. And I’m not even in shape. I’ll probably need at least a week of practice once I start running.”

Speculations have been swirling of Pau Gasol’s exit from Los Angeles, but the Lakers brass deny any such rumor, maintaining that the team will give Nash his fair due with Gasol, as part of the condition for Nash when he decided to leave Phoenix for Los Angeles this past summer. Teams can’t trade free agents acquired during the offseason until Dec. 15, so the team isn’t expecting a move either way any time soon.

The Lakers, currently 9-12 and off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, visit Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks on Thursday.


4 comments
abigchocoholic
abigchocoholic

you people don't understand.  It's pretty much over for Nash.  He's 38 years old.  He's done.  Everyone should have known that before the trade.  It was obvious.  It's an age thing.  Ask Shaq.  Nash was great but he turned 38 and is dropping  a couple 3-53% in abilities and even he can't compete out there.

 

 

lkrfan
lkrfan

 @abigchocoholic It wasn't apparent before the trade because Nash was relatively healthy before the trade.  He was still able  to move pretty quickly on the courty.  You're right, there's no way he could keep up with the likes of Westbrook and some of the younger guards, but  he was a decent point guard - particularly for his age.  There is definitely a bigger problem now,, a 38 year old doesn't  heal as quickly as would a 23 year old and a  problem with the nerve in his leg  complicates matters;  however, there is really not a comparison with he and Shaq -- Shaq has pounds on him that retarded is rehabilitation even further.

PacochoTapias
PacochoTapias

 @abigchocoholic comparing a huge center that did not take care at all of his body (and waited until the season to do surgery that could be done in the offseason) and a gard who takes good care of his body is an apple and oranges thing. Nash may be old, but there´s plenty left in him... is not like his going to loose athleticism or like that all he has going for him (like shaq did)  

RandallAllen
RandallAllen

"The fibula has heeled,..."    "Heeled?"  Really?  Doesn't anyone check these articles before they're published?