It’s not raining, it’s pouring in L.A.: Steve Nash out at least another month
Not that the Lakers were expecting Steve Nash to return like the cavalry charging over the mountain to save the day, but now we know for sure that is not happening.
Steve Nash is going to be out at least another month, he announced to the media on Thursday afternoon. That announcement came at basically the same time the Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant would be out for six weeks with a fracture in his left knee.
For Nash, this is all tied to the nerve root issue impacting his back and leg that have hobbled him since last season. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne spoke to Nash about this.
Nash said that the reason he's out four more weeks is so that when he does come back, he can sustain a certain level of play— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 19, 2013
Steve Nash: "At this stage, for my condition, it’s really about whether I can sustain the demands of the game."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 19, 2013
NASH: "I just want to play, that’s what gets me through every day. I still love to play, and I still feel like I have the skills to do it."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 19, 2013
Nash came back earlier this season but could only play six games before being sidelined again with the same issue.
Steve Nash wants to return this season and contribute, he doesn’t want to be forced out of the NBA due to injury. Like any great athlete, he wants to leave on his terms.
However, there are real questions about whether that can happen. Whether Nash can play again this season let along next season when he is still under contract. Retirement is not a word he is going to seriously discuss yet. But it’s on peoples’ minds.