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Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  42 responses

Steve Nash Could Start Practicing Next Week


As he does more and more work on the court of late, Steve Nash is inching ever closer to returning for real, which may actually happen next week. Per the OC Register: “Much-missed Lakers point guard Steve Nash lent hope to the idea that he’ll be back before Christmas with a positive report Thursday night on his recovery from a fractured left fibula. ‘I have been running the last day and a half, and it has been responding very well,’ Nash said. ‘It hasn’t been a huge load, but it is something.’ Nash indicated he could start practicing again next week, and the Lakers have three days without a game — a good opportunity for on-court work with his teammates — before they play at Golden State on Dec. 22. The next game after that is Dec. 25 vs. the Knicks. ‘I still can’t do certain things,’ Nash said. ‘Right now, I am knocking down hurdles. The first one is being able to run, and the next one is taking some contact.’ Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said weeks ago that Nash’s recovery has been complicated by nerve irritation in the leg, causing ongoing pain. Nash was hurt in the Lakers’ second game of the season, and the Lakers have dropped to 9-14.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    He’s the hero that LA needs right now.

  • T-Money

    it’s done been “next week” tho

  • Seth

    It’s been “one more week” for the last month and a half.

  • bike

    Something tells me this injury is going to plague Nash for the rest of the season.

  • RunNGun

    He can start practicing in 2013.

  • spit hot fiyah

    so many injuries that are just gragging on this year, nash, amare, bynum, wall

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange shudders at the thought of a 39 year old Nash at 90% tryna to keep up with Westbrook, Lawson, Parker, Lillard, et. al.

  • JM

    Like wall was going to make the wizards relevant anyway.
    plus watching defenders sag 10 feet off him daring him to brick a jumpshot gets boring fast

  • LakeShow

    hallelujah! hallelujah!

  • Caboose

    Or any point guard in the league not named Chris Duhon.

  • Caboose

    Sounds like a Dark Knight reference….

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    he’ll be 100% by the time he plays any meaningful games against any of those teams…

  • LakeShow

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Caboose

    That’s an awesome MS Paint job haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Yep…except I forgot what the actual line was

  • LakeShow

    He actually did a video of this. It’s not as good as his others, but the dude is talented.

  • shutup

    Sorry to burst your bubble Laker’s fans I don’t think Nash is going to be able to right the ship. Scoring isn’t the issue, its defense, and last I checked Nash was no stalwart on that side of the ball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    If you were someone that has never seen an NBA game, you would swear that Nash is a 7foot monster ala Wilt, with the way the media, fans, coaches and teammates talk about what his return means for the team.

  • LakeShow

    For allot of teams offense and defense go hand and hand. If your struggling at one you struggle at the other.
    They aren’t banking on Nash to help the defense himself, they are waiting for him to help their offense come easier so they can play defense with full effort.
    He’s going to help. The question is how much.

  • LakeShow

    MVP’s and great players come in all sizes and ages Taylor, you should know this.

  • shockexchange

    Touche’

  • t

    I’m sorry i just can’t take you seriously after the way lorne and teddy the bear owned your ass on the steve jax vs ibaka thread. U should probly take a few days off to recover lol.

  • shutup

    Get off my dik troll

  • shutup

    Except the offense Nash is best at is running, and the Lakers are not that team. I guess no one watched any of the preseason games.

  • LakeShow

    So you think that a team should not need any time to play together to mesh and gel?

  • shutup

    I think a team as talented as they are individually should be able to string together some wins. As much of a superstar as Kobe is, it takes special kinds of players to win with him, or a coach that can make players buy into his bullspit and sacrifice themselves for the greater good. Anyone else notice a big drop off in Pau’s production since Jackson retired?

  • hookedonnews

    That’s because there’s really no way to predict these things, and the nerve irritation was not anticipated and is difficult to treat.

  • hookedonnews

    38 year old Steve Nash had a great season last year, and he won’t be guarding Russell Westbrook. If you know of someone who can consistently guard Westbrook one on one, let me know. This is an old song, and if it had any validity Nash would not have had the career he’s had. Westbrook, et al routinely run by their contemporaries. Defense is a team thing. Don’t discount the effect an effective offense can have on the defensive end.

  • shockexchange

    And all that being said, Steve Nash couldn’t guard a bear in a phone booth.

  • hookedonnews

    Not sure a bear in a phone booth needs guarding. Nash’s defensive capabilities are frankly irrelevant. He makes steals and gets rebounds, and it’s not as if he never made a good defensive play. I don’t know how many games you’ve actually seen Nash play, but I’ve seen or listened to a lot of them. Is he a great defender? No. Has that ever mattered or made a significant difference to the teams he’s been a part of? No. What he brings on offense more than makes up for his defensive deficiencies.

  • shockexchange

    Steve Nash is that you?

  • hookedonnews

    Lol. Wish I was cashing his paychecks!

  • shockexchange

    Maybe you could be his publicist.

  • hookedonnews

    Pretty sure he’s got that covered. I will say that I am more familiar with Steve Nash than the average Lakers fan. I have followed him pretty closely since he was with the Dallas Mavericks. If he returns 100% it could be a lot of fun to watch.

  • shockexchange

    We shall soon see. However, the Shock Exchange thinks it will be a train wreck. Opposing PGs are going to dog Nash, turn him from side to side for 94 feet, every possession. By the 4th quarter he will be worn out. But don’t be like most of these trolls on here … when the Shock Exchange’s prediction comes true, make sure you site the source.

  • hookedonnews

    If he’s 100%, I don’t see any reason to believe that will be the case. That wasn’t the case last season. Obviously he won’t be playing 40 minutes a game. At least I don’t see D’Antoni having him out on the floor that long. He played about 36 minutes a game last season. Of course, that was a shortened season with lots of back-to-back games. I think you are basing this prediction on that one game this year where Nash had the ball stolen from him a couple of times. Don’t expect that to happen in every game. What you’ve seen from him this season is in no way an indicator of the way he’s going to play when he’s back in D’Antoni’s system. I am certainly not a troll, and I’m never afraid to admit when I’m wrong. I hope you will do the same when you’re proven wrong.

  • shockexchange

    That’s why they play the games. And by the way, if you think a 39 yr old PG can compete in the L, then you’re hooked on something, and whatever it is, it’s way stronger than “news.”

  • hookedonnews

    I don’t understand what you think has happened in the time between the end of last season and now that has rendered Steve Nash incapable of competing in the NBA. Has he suddenly lost his shooting touch, his court vision, his basketball IQ, etc. just because 6 months have gone by? If you know anything about Nash you know he keeps himself in better shape than anyone else in the league other than perhaps Kobe Bryant. He led the league in total assists last season and FG % among guards (no one was even close). If he had 10+ assists per game with an inferior team around him, he should be able to do at least that well or better with the Lakers. Just don’t get why you think that all of a sudden he can’t play with the big boys.

  • shockexchange

    Steve, a few things, players whose games are based on speed and quickness do not decline gradually, they lose their skills over night. You won’t have to retire from the game; at some point, the game will retire you. If you think putting up decent numbers on a bad team will suffice in L.A., you are very naive. And you are known for running the show, getting everybody involved. Meanwhile, players who come to L.A. are known for being less productive and less aggressive once paired with Horry Jr, just ask Glen Rice. Horry Jr leads the L in shot attempts, and that’s not going to change once you return. The bottom line is, L.A. is built to win championships. And when you don’t, you, Gasol, MWP, and D12 will get thrown under the bus, just like Bynum, Odom, Fisher and Gasol. Regardless, the Shock Exchange wishes you well in all your endeavors.

  • hookedonnews

    I’m sure you have some examples of players who lost their skills “overnight.” I think you missed the point. Nash did not put up “decent numbers,” he led the league in total assists and FG% for guards. It’s not easy to get assists when you have a bad team around you. Steve Nash has never been about numbers. You didn’t hear him complaining when they made the brilliant decision to go to the Princeton offense which made him even more irrelevant than Derek Fisher was in the Triangle. He is so much better than any PG they have had in years that it isn’t even debatable. I will admit that it remains to be seen if Kobe is going to be the team player he needs to be. If he insists on monopolizing the ball it’s not going to work like it should. However, that is on him not on Nash. I don’t believe Kobe will be taking as many shots because that’s just not the way D’Antoni’s system is built to work. He’s still going to get plenty of touches and will probably be on the floor when Nash is on the bench some of the time. I don’t think Nash will be thrown under the bus as long as D’Antoni is there, and even if he is fired, I doubt that he’s going anywhere as long as he’s even close to what he has been. There’s a lot more to his game than speed and quickness. They may not win a championship this year, but I don’t see them giving up on Howard, Nash, or even MWP. If you saw the game yesterday, he played great. Gasol is another matter. That will depend on how he fits into the offense and his knees. It usually takes more than one year to get to the Finals when you hire a new coach and bring in new players. Because of the injuries and the fact that D’Antoni was hired after the season began I think they will give this more than one year to work. It took the Heat 2 seasons to win a championship, and they didn’t have the coaching changes and key injuries the Lakers have had this year. Some fans have unrealistic expectations about how long it takes to do these things. I think management will be a little more patient.

  • shockexchange

    Steve for your sake, the Shock Exchange hopes you’re right.

  • hookedonnews

    I appreciate your support.

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