Two significant pieces to the Lakers’ roster took part in morning shootaround, but the team will have to wait before Steve Nash and Steve Blake actually return in a game.
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni estimated Nash remains two weeks away after completing some shooting drills Sunday with video coordinator Tom Bialaszewski. Blake is considered four weeks away from returning after continued shooting left handed while nursing a brace to support his hyperextended right elbow. Nash has stayed sidelined for the past 22 games because of nerve issues in his back, while Blake has missed the last nine contests because of his elbow issue.
The latest progression has involved Blake running, while Nash has gone to Vancouver with his personal trainer Rick Celebrini during the Lakers’ recent trips.
“He feels better,” D’Antoni said of Nash. “It’s a big rock and he’s pushing ahead.”
There was hardly much news the Lakers had to offer for their injured point guards. But D’Antoni’s injury report involved a stream-of-consciousness analysis.
This begins with the scene of D’Antoni being informed that Nash was shooting.
“I saw that,” D’Antoni said. “Is he over there? Where is he?”
D’Antoni then turned over his left shoulder to see Nash shoot behind him.
“There’s no update,” D’Antoni said. “It looks kind of odd seeing him over there. I don’t know what he’s doing. It’s some Canadian stuff that he does.”
Nash was actually just shooting. Jumpers from the elbows, free throw line and behind the perimeter. Most of them went in the basket.
“That’s going to happen,” D’Antoni said. “There’s no update other than what we already know. A couple of weeks, he’ll be reevaluated.”
How about Blake?
D’Antoni then turned to his right to see Blake shooting left-handed while nursing a shaved head.
“Nice haircut,” D’Antoni said. “Damn, did he have to pay for that. He definitely had to pay a bet.”
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