Lakers react to Steve Nash’s Facebook post on back injury

Although Steve Nash was not at Lakers practice, his Facebook post was the topic of conversation as Byron Scott addressed the post with the media.

Scott read the post moments before speaking and found it sincere and as he agreed with Nash’s assessment on the difference between swinging a golf club versus defending NBA players, he believed Nash was beginning to admit that his playing days may be over.

“It’s given me insight on where he’s leaning towards,” Scott said, “He probably feels he did everything in his power in the last two years to get in unbelievable condition and put himself in a position where he felt he could compete again. But as we went on through training camp, the more he played, the worse it got.”

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Steve Nash – Images from a Hall of Fame career

Lakers guard Steve Nash was officially ruled out for the 2014-15 season on Thursday after having recurring back problems. Staff photo: Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News

Lakers guard Steve Nash was officially ruled out for the 2014-15 season on Thursday after having recurring back problems. Staff photo: Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News

You read about Lakers guard Steve Nash being ruled out for the 2014-15 season because of recurring nerve damage in his back, likely marking the end of a Hall of Fame career that entails two NBA MVP’s and a third place standing on the league’s all-time assists list. You read about how the Lakers grew more concerned about Nash’s health and future after staying sidelined for the past week and a half. You read about how the Lakers and Nash felt cautiously optimistic about his health early in training camp.

But pictures always tell a 1,000 words. And in the case of LANG’s photo gallery of Nash, plenty of images tell various stories how he had still etched a Hall of Fame career before his endless health struggles the past three seasons with the Lakers.

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Steve Nash rolls left ankle in Saturday’s practice

"Lakers host their annual Media Day in El Segundo, CA. Monday September 29, 2014.  (Thomas R. Cordova-Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)"

“Lakers host their annual Media Day in El Segundo, CA. Monday September 29, 2014. (Thomas R. Cordova-Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)”

So much for a whole summer and four full days of training camp feeling fully healthy.

Lakers guard Steve Nash experienced his first injury of the 2014-15 season during Saturday’s practice where he rolled his left ankle.

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told NBA TV that Nash stepped on the foot of an unnamed rookie (either Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson) during a running drill.

“Steve doesn’t do anything routine in terms of injuries,” Vitti said. “It’s always fluky kind of stuff.”

This is notable since Nash only played 15 games last season amid nerve issues in his back and hamstrings. But for now, the Lakers said Nash just sat out the rest of Saturday’s practice for precautionary reasons.

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Steve Nash in better health, but how long will it last?

Steve Nash, who has missed 99 games over the last two season, admits there’s no guarantees for this one. THOMAS R. CORDOVA — STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Steve Nash, who has missed 99 games over the last two season, admits there’s no guarantees for this one. THOMAS R. CORDOVA — STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The positive vibes lasted all summer for Steve Nash, finally able to train and play basketball without nerve root irritation flare up in his back in unexpected moments. Unlike the past two years where he missed a combined 99 games because of root damage to his back and hamstrings, Nash practiced all summer unscathed.

Yet, Nash sounded well aware that his positive spirits and health may sour as quickly as one of his nifty no-look passes.

“It’s been such a bad run with that nerve that I don’t wan to make any forecasts,” Nash said. “I felt great this summer, but it’s a lot different working out in a gym on your own than it is pounding up and down every day. So there’s no guarantees. I’m just trying to enjoy every day for what I have and what I can give.”
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Lakers depth chart breakdown: Steve Nash

Can Lakers guard Steve Nash avoid suffering a major injury in the 2014-15 season? David Crane–Staff Photographer

Can Lakers guard Steve Nash avoid suffering a major injury in the 2014-15 season? David Crane–Staff Photographer

Below is the second in a series previewing the story lines surrounding each player on the Lakers’ roster for the 2014-15 season. This post focuses on Lakers guard Steve Nash.

1. Can Steve Nash stay healthy during the 2014-15 season?
Only two years ago, the Lakers believed they secured their best point guard since Magic Johnson once graced the hardwood. But instead of frustrating opponents with dazzling no-look passes, Nash has frustrated a restless fan base with persisting injuries. No one can blame Nash for countless ailments that entailed a fractured left leg two years ago that sidelined him for 24 games only the second game into the season. Or the continuous nerve irritation in his hamstrings and back last season that kept him out for all but 15 games. Yet, the 40-year-old Nash has not offered the Lakers much hope that he can step on the floor without experiencing more setbacks.

So why should Nash feel any more encouraged entering his final year on his contract with the Lakers? Well, he progressed through his rehab relatively faster than last season just by virtue that he could barely run during the 2013 offseason and that he entered training camp pretty rusty. Nash also spent this offseason actually training instead of mostly rehabbing. This has not convinced the Lakers enough that Nash will stay healthy. Hence, why they acquired Jeremy Lin. But Nash could show more flashes of rare brilliance, such as a 19-point effort on his 40th birthday against Philadelphia or other countless sequences where he set up teammates beautifully. This will not necessarily translate into Nash replicating one of his two MVP-caliber seasons. But should he manage to stay on the court, Nash could offer some feel-good moments on a team that will need plenty of them.

Beyond his health, the only other question mark for Nash entails how he will run Byron Scott’s offense. Point guards, such as Jason Kidd, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving, thrived under Scott. But his system will also face some elements of the Princeton offense, something that clearly put Nash out of his comfort zone when former Lakers coach Mike Brown tried to run it two seasons ago. Scott stressed in a recent interview that his system will be different and show more similarities to Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. Still, there will have to be some give-and-take given Nash has shown he thrives most when he runs pick-and-roll sets in a faster-paced offense.
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How should Lakers handle roles for Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin?

Steve Nash talks about the disappointing season and his future following his Lakers exit interview at their training facility in El Segundo, CA on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

Steve Nash talks about the disappointing season and his future following his Lakers exit interview at their training facility in El Segundo, CA on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

The question would seem preposterous under normal circumstances. Considering Steve Nash’s two NBA MVP’s, third place standing on the league’s all-time assists list and a sure lock for the Hall of Fame, why has a debate emerged on whether Nash should start during the 2014-15 season?

The answer is simple. Nash played in only 15 games last season amid persisting issues with his back and hamstrings, stemmed from a nerve root irritation that remains sensitive toward any awkward movement or contact. The Lakers say Nash has recovered considerably, but they acquired Jeremy Lin in a trade from Houston partly to provide reinforcements for a possibly limited Nash.

So how should the Lakers handle their point guard spot? In a recent appearance on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, host Chris McGee, analyst Dave Miller and I discussed that very topic in a video segment here.

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NBA Draft: NBA TV analyst Grant Hill assesses Lakers’ draft needs

In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) drives past Iowa State forward Georges Niang during an NCAA college basketball game in Ames, Iowa. Embiid didn't pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the Cameroon capital of Yaounde run by Timberwolves forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA. (Charlie Neibergall/The Associated Press File)

In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) drives past Iowa State forward Georges Niang during an NCAA college basketball game in Ames, Iowa. Embiid didn’t pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the Cameroon capital of Yaounde run by Timberwolves forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA. (Charlie Neibergall/The Associated Press File)

Below is a recent interview with NBA TV analyst Grant Hill, who provided one of many expert voices surrounding who the Lakers should pick with the seventh pick of the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday.

When you look at who might be available in the seventh slot, who would best help the Lakers?


Hill:
“Seven is a tough spot. Obviously you don’t know what’s going to happen with Joel Embiid and the situation there with him having surgery due to a stress fracture. Seven is tough because you don’t know for sure. You can model things out. But typically things never go according to plan. The Lakers, I think it depends on what ultimately their goal and objective is. Are they trying to retool quickly and make one last run at it when Kobe Bryant is there or are they preparing for the future? I think depending on what they’re trying to do depends on how they’re trying to approach it. I’m sure they’re still trying to game plan. They haven’t decided who’s going to coach their team. But in reality, they can get a good player. At seven, you can get a player who is a rotation player and a player that can have an impact and be a part of the future. Exactly who that is, I can’t tell you. I don’t know. They have a lot of needs.

What’s going to happen with Steve Nash? Is Nash going to play and is he going to be healthy? What are they going to re-sign Pau Gasol? There’s a lot of decisions that need to be made for this franchise. They can say, ‘We want to fill a need or just find the best available player we can get at seven.’ There’s a lot of factors that I think are involved with the Lakers.

One of the possibilities entails the Lakers trying to upgrade at point guard, getting someone such as Dante Exum and Marcus Smart if they’re available, so they could have Nash play a mentorship role off the bench partly because of his back. Playing with Steve, how do you think that idea would play out?


Hill:
“If those two guys are there at seven, you have to entertain the possibility of drafting them and having a guy like Nash. He helped Goran Dragic [in Phoenix]. Having played with both of those guys in Goran’s first year, Steve was still playing and playing at a high level. He was able to learn from watching and listening. Steve may not be able to go out and play like he could play back in 2007 and 2008. But his intellect and understanding of the game and him being there as a mentor would be huge.

It’s maybe even more powerful when he’s playing. When he’s playing, he’s competing. Those guys are different players than Steve in terms of style. Marcus is more of a power point guard and has good size and strength and good toughness. Dante, from what I’ve seen, is more of a taller guard and more athletic. But they’re both very talented and very skilled. You can’t help but learn from having a Steve Nash around. That could be a good strategy for the Lakers.”
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Steve Nash reports feeling “great right now” but unsure how he will hold up next season

Steve Nash talks about the disappointing season and his future following his Lakers exit interview at their training facility in El Segundo, CA on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

Steve Nash talks about the disappointing season and his future following his Lakers exit interview at their training facility in El Segundo, CA on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

Two months has passed ever since the most frustrating season of Steve Nash’s 18-year career ended. Three more months await for the 40-year-old point guard to heal the persistent nerve damage in his back and hamstrings that kept him out last season for all but 15 games.

So how has his health held up thus far?

“I feel great right now. I’ve been able to be pretty much go without limitations as far as my training,” Nash said on Monday. “I’m obviously not trying to overdo it so I can allow that nerve to settle down perhaps and be less irritating. It has worked so far, but I would hate to say this is where it will be like once I join the rigors of an NBA schedule.”
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Nick Young still laughing over Steve Nash’s outfit at 90′s-themed party

To ease his mind surrounding the uncertainty he will face on the free agent market, Lakers forward Nick Young has adopted a few habits this offseason that fulfills the “Swaggy P” persona.

OK, so he maintains he has worked out consistently in the gym to keep both his game and conditioning sharp. But Young has also relaxed, going on a recent vacation to Cabo, Mexico and planning a trip this weekend to London. As he posted on his Instagram account last month, Young also attended a 90′s themed party for his 29th birthday.

Here, you can see Young wearing cutoff shorts, Jordan Farmar wearing clothing promoting MTV, Robert Sacre dressing normally and Steve Nash wearing a ridiculous suit featuring cutup pants, a half-knotted tie and a jacket without a dress shirt.

“I was shocked what Steve Nash wore,” Young said with a chuckle. “I was impressed. That’s why I like hanging out with Nash. He’s real cool.”

So how did this idea come up?

“It was Jordan’s house party; I just crashed it,” Young said. “I turned his party into my party.”


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Good chance of Steve Blake, Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar playing against Minnesota

The Lakers have a good chance of getting back three familiar faces on the court in guards Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash when Los Angeles takes on Minnesota tomorrow.

“I think they are all ready to go, “said Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni after practice on Monday. “We’ll see how everybody wakes up, but there is a possibility that all three could play.”

Both Blake and Farmar said they felt good after practice, but would not give a definitive answer when asked if they would be playing tomorrow.

“We’ll see,” said Blake, whose right elbow was wrapped in ice when he addressed reporters. “I felt pretty good today in practice and I’ll see how I feel when I am when I wake up and go from there.”

“I’m not sure about tomorrow, we’ll see,” said Farmar. “I’m available if they allow me too, but I don’t know how they will work it out. Everyone is coming back at the same time so they are just trying to balance things out.”

All three guards returned to practice earlier in the week.

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