NEW YORK — Although it appears his star point guard remains far away from returning to the court, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Steve Nash has participated in running drills to test out his fractured left leg.
It’s a small sliver of progress in what otherwise has been a prolonged injury. Nash has missed 20 games since suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left leg Oct. 31 against Portland. D’Antoni said Nash has yet to play in a series of two-on-two and three-on-three drills, exercises the Lakers coach says marks as a prerequisite before he returns to the court.
“It’s going to be a while,” D’Antoni said following morning shootaround here at the New York Athletic Club. “What’s a while? I don’t know what that is.”
Nash, who didn’t speak to reporters afterwards, worked on a series of ball handling and shooting drills with player development coach Phil Handy. Nash has performed such drills within the past two 2 1/2 weeks. Nash also shot a series of floaters, jumpers and three-pointers.
“We see some flickers at the end of the tunnel,” D’Antoni said. “We’re getting closer. I just don’t want to build up expectations and he has a little setback and then everybody goes crazy.”
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