Those clamoring to see Steve Nash reunite with Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni will have to wait.
After team doctor Steve Lombardo examined his minor fracture in his left leg, Nash is expected to miss at least another week. According to the Lakers’ timetable, Nash would miss at least five more games, including Houston (Sunday), Brooklyn (Tuesday), at Sacramento (Wednesday), at Memphis (Friday) and at Dallas (Saturday).
“I can’t wait to get him back. I think he’s got another two or three years in him,” D’Antoni said Thursday at his introductory press conference. “He didn’t have a whole lot of speed when he was in Phoenix, so he hasn’t lost anything. I think the people of Los Angeles will come to appreciate an unbelievable player.”
That moment won’t come yet.
Nash, 38, has already missed seven games since suffering the injury Oct. 31 when he collided with Portland guard Damian Lillard. Through two games, Nash has averaged only 4.5 points on 33 percent shooting in 25 minutes as he navigated Mike Brown’s Princeton-based offense.
Nash remains quite familiar with D’Antoni’s pick-and-roll based offensive system after compiling two NBA league MVPS through four seasons under him in Phoenix.
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