Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has only played sparingly this season and has looked hobbled when he’s been on the floor. Sunday night the Lakers lost badly to the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-90 and Nash sat out the second half because of a back injury. Reports now suggest the Lakers are seriously concerned about their 39-year-old point guard’s back.
Nash claims his back pain is from the nerve issues he has had ever since he broke his leg last season. He’ll see a specialist on Monday. The veteran is in his 18th season and has said he’s “battling” after almost every game this season. But he truly looked to be in pain on Sunday.
Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said the injuries have been toughest on Nash, who wants to be on the court and playing and performing well.
So far this season, Nash has averaged just 6.7 points, 4.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 22.5 minutes per game. He’s hitting just 26.1 percent of his shots from the field and has missed two games so far this season.
Steve Blake played 35 minutes and scored 19 points Sunday night, while Jordan Farmar and Jodie Meeks have both been solid so far this season. With Nash out, all three guys will see increased playing time.
At this rate, it’s hard to see Nash all of a sudden getting healthy and playing well for the rest of the season. If that doesn’t happen, I have a hard time believing he’ll return next season. It would almost certainly be best for him to just retire if he can’t get healthy.