ONTARIO — After spending the past summer repairing his high performance engine that has operated on too many miles, Lakers guard Steve Nash already appears in need of a tuneup.
Lakers coach Byron Scott reported Nash telling him before the Lakers’ 116-75 preseason loss on Sunday to the Golden State Warriors at Citizens Business Bank Arena that he “didn’t quite feel right.” It seemed Nash’s instincts proved correct after posting three points on 0 of 5 shooting and one assist through the first quarter.
“He wanted to play and give it a try after the first quarter,” Scott said. “But he said, ‘Coach, I’m done.'”
When asked what made Nash’s health worsen, Scott said, “you’d have to ask him.” But Nash did not speak to reporters. He entered the media work room during the waning minutes of the Lakers’ loss to Golden State and grabbed a cup of tea.
Nash played in only 15 games last season because of persisting nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings. Nash has said during training camp that he feels completely healthy after spending the past summer both healing the nerve damage and training without any restrictions. Nash had not suffered any major injury besides turning his left ankle during a practice last week. He also only missed the Lakers’ preseason game last Thursday to Golden State for rest purposes.