Steve Nash leaves Lakers-Bulls game with nerve irritation in left leg

Steve Nash left the Lakers’ game Sunday against the Chicago Bulls mid-way through the third quarter because of nerve irritation in his left leg, according to the team.

Nash suffered the same damage last season when he fractured his left leg Oct. 31, 2012 against the Portland, an injury that sidelined him for 24 games. The subsequent nerve damage eventually affected his back and hamstrings, sidelining him for eight games, including two playoff appearances. He had just played in the past two games following a three-month rehab surrounding the nerve irritation in his back, which kept him out for all but six games. The Lakers plan to reevaluate Nash on Monday.

Nash showed visible signs of discomfort after committing a turnover with nine minutes left in the third quarter. But he didn’t leave until the 5:18 mark, ending with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and two assists in 22 minutes.

Nash had displayed encouraging signs during his two-game stint, including a 19-point effort on 8-of-15 shooting and five assists in the Lakers’ win Friday in Philadelphia.

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  • Walt

    I respect Nash as a person and basketball future HOFer, but his career is over. He needs to retire and let the Lakers use the extra money to improve the team next year. No disrespect to Nash fans.

  • Mel

    Please take a medical retirement.

  • Greg ‘King Saeed’ Williams

    He needs 2 retire ready as he’s a broken down player right now!!!