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Report: Steve Nash looks good in scrimmages, ‘nerve issue’ has improved this summer

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Steve Nash struggled to stay healthy last year, and was limited to just 15 games thanks to a nerve issue that resulted from a broken leg he had suffered the previous season.

Nash was always going to come back for the final year of his deal with the Lakers, because it was simply too much money to turn down at the end of his stellar career. But he isn’t the type to mail it in, and would continue to work hard rehabbing in order to get back on the court to try and contribute in what will more than likely be his final NBA season.

Early reports are that whatever Nash has been doing has been working so far.

From Mike Trudell of

Consistent word from last several weeks has been how good Nash has looked in scrimmages. Really does change dynamic of LAL if he’s healthy.

The thing that’s kept Nash down for 2 years is the nerve issue (result of broken leg). Word is that’s the issue that’s improved this summer.

The problem with the nerve injury is that it’s been unpredictable, and has flared up at seemingly random times. If Nash is able to keep it in check for the bulk of the upcoming season, his consistent presence in the lineup would undoubtedly help L.A.'s chances.

But as of right now, the team’s fortunes lie in the hands of two guys who haven’t been anywhere near fully healthy for more than an entire season.

Any hopes of the Lakers making a run at a spot in the playoffs rely on Nash and Kobe Bryant not only remaining injury-free at this advanced stage of their respective careers, but also playing at a level that would make up for some of the many deficiencies on the roster. That appears to be a long shot at best, but at least the early reports on Nash in particular can give fans in Los Angeles reason to be cautiously optimistic.