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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 12:10 pm  |  49 responses

Steve Nash Hurt His Back Getting Out of Bed

This is what happens when you’re the oldest dude still playing in the NBA (for a team absolutely riddled with injuries). You tweak your back while getting out of bed on a Monday morning, and can’t practice. Welcome to soon-to-be 40-year-old Steve Nash’s life. Per the LA Times:

“I’m fine,” said Nash later in the day. He last played Nov. 10 and has played in only six games this season, while battling through nerve damage in his back and hamstring injuries.

The Lakers now expect Nash to practice Thursday with a possible return Friday at Staples Center against the Charlotte Bobcats.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I’ve done all the work and I feel ready to practice again,” said Nash, who has been rehabilitating away from the team in Vancouver, Canada. “I’m really excited, just to be part of the team again.”

Nash isn’t expecting to retire — his guaranteed contract runs through the 2014-15 season — and the Lakers are doing whatever they can to help him return to full strength.

Should a doctor determine that the only solution to Nash’s chronic back issues is retirement, and an NBA-appointed physician agrees, the two-time NBA most valuable player’s entire $9.7-million salary for the 2014-15 season will come off the Lakers’ books in late April — provided that Nash plays fewer than 10 games this season for the Lakers. Of course, none of that matters if Nash is healthy. He is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists this season.

 

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  • spit hot fiyah

    this is when u KNOW it’s over

  • berkamore

    Like I have been saying, there is a window for these kinds of things. Only a handful of people can be pro athletes after their late thirties and Nash doesn’t look like he is one of them. That guy is DONE. He (and the Lakers who have quite a bit of dough invested in his contract) may not ready to accept that just yet.

  • the rain

    Steve should be playing in the rec league at a YMCA, not the NBA.

  • LakeShow

    This is great for the Lakers Cap space.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nash has to choose to retire. They can’t force him to retire. Even if he “can’t” play because of his back, his contract won’t come off the books until he signs his retirement papers.

  • playa
  • JJ Jones

    One word retire

  • berkamore

    Words of wisdom from Marsellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction”. Maybe HE should talk to Nash. LOL.

    “…….But painful as it may be,
    ability don’t last. And your days are just about over. Now that’s a hard
    motherfuckin’ fact of life, but that’s a fact of life your ass is gonna
    have to get realistic about. See, this business is filled to the brim
    with unrealistic motherfuckers. Motherfuckers who thought their ass
    would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you
    mean it gets better with age, it don’t. Besides, Butch, how many fights
    do you think you got in you anyhow? Two? Boxers don’t have an Old
    Timers Place………..”

  • Lloyd

    In the immortal words of Jalen Rose: “Keep gettin’ dem checks!”. Sorry bro.

  • Saleem Rainman

    hahahahaha.Thats just funny. Old man injury.

    good thing its not nerve related, just old related. lol. It’ll be good to see him back soon.

  • Lloyd

    They’re trying so hard to get him to come back. Then what? Old Man Nashy seems way too fragile to play in games consistently, not even considering production. I would be sad to come on here and read about the seemingly inevitable broken hip.

    Come back, play a couple of games, then ensure you get that money. Then, sadly, he needs to fade to black. I’d love to see him as a commentator though. He’s hilarious

  • berkamore

    Second that. He would be great in many roles, analyst, front office, ambassador, coach, scout. He can offer a lot to the game. But sadly, his playing days seem to be over.

  • Saleem Rainman

    For everyone saying that he’s doing this for money…u realize that if he retires because he cant play anymore, he STILL gets the nearly 10 mill right? SO…is it not a possibility that maybe…JUST MAYBE, he is trying to return for his love of the game? Just Sayin.

  • jrandz

    This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. Bless this point God but it’s time to go my friend.

  • Saleem Rainman

    actually…Nash WAS one of those handful that was able to play into his late thirties. Historically effective for his age. He just hasnt been able to do it going into his fourties.

  • LakeShow

    I understand that. I think he probably wants to be home with his family at this point. He’ll sign.

  • berkamore

    I am not sure. When I say play, I mean actually stay on the court, not play a handful of games here and there.

    Jordan did it, Kareem did it, Stockton did it (Man Stock was a robot LOL), Ray Allen is doing it. Nash is trying but is having too much trouble just staying on the court. But hey, at least, he’s trying………..

  • JJ Jones

    If he tweaked his back just getting out of bed how does he expect to play at nba level? Hes in the denial stage right now and its sad to see

  • Saleem Rainman

    at the age of 38, Steve Nash averaged 12 and 10 while starting for the Phoenix Suns. I would think 38 would be considered his late 30′s… And i dont see no Ray Allen doing nothing liek that at an even younger age now than Nash was back then.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he can be at home with his family without signing….i am never going to assume a person is going to retire from something they love doing.

  • berkamore

    Yeah, and he hasn’t done much since. but hey, he is getting paid so maybe he know something. LOL.

  • Saleem Rainman

    he gets paid if he gets forced to retire due to injuries too…

  • Hotpantz

    If they bring back nickname jerseys, he should be called “Steve Smash” …just sayin, he seems real brittle these days.

  • berkamore

    I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I want him to go out on his own terms, to play as long as he wants. I just don’t think it’s gonna happen. We’ll see.

  • keyon dooling

    shout the homie Steve Nash

  • Doug

    Steve Nash calls timeout:

    Dantoni: “What gives Nashy, I didn’t tell you to call a timeout?”
    Nash: “I know coach, but my left knee started hurtin’…I can still play but I know you kept the top of your convertible down and, well, when old lefty starts actin’ up she’s tellin’ me rain’s a-comin’ ”

  • Anthony

    Jim Buss my hire a hit man to take’em out (Nancy Kerigan style)…to get that dough off the books….mmm’yeah seeeee!

  • don

    why did he chose to leave the suns? all these problems started after he left phoenix. more proof that phoenix must be up to something

  • Anthony

    Don’t sleep on YMCA hoops….we get it in!

  • LakeShow

    He left when he was the 3rd oldest player in the L… That might have had something to do with it too…

  • don

    well the phoenix training staff was able to squeeze something good out of old-as-rock Shaq when he was in phoenix. I believe that Nash’s injuries may not have happened if he was still with the suns.

    Maybe it’s my belief in their training staff.

  • Saleem Rainman

    it was a freak accident. noone cud have forseen him breaking his leg from a collision with lillard on like the 3rd game of the season.

  • Saleem Rainman

    again:it was a freak accident. noone cud have forseen him breaking his leg from a collision with lillard on like the 3rd game of the season.

    suns staff or no suns staff.

  • don

    He last played Nov. 10 and has played in only six games this season, while battling through nerve damage in his back and hamstring injuries.

    It wasn’t even the broken leg that’s the issue on this one. It’s his back.Oor more likely, the nerve on his neck.

  • LakeShow

    No one is arguing that the PHX medical staff is not top notch.

    Matter a fact: Anyone on here think that the PHX medical staff is not top 3 in the L?

    I’m guessing, no.

    What we are saying is even the outstanding PHX medical staff could not have kept a near 40 year old Nash on the floor.

  • Saleem Rainman

    by his own admission EVERYTHING went downhill after that injury last year, and by his own admisison EVERYHTING is connected. he hasnt been the same since.

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    ✚✚✚ ✚𐠔✚✚ ✚✚𐠚✚✚ ✚✚✚ ✚✚✚He just hasnt been able to do it going into his fourties.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Lord forbid he pinches a grueling loaf out once this injury “heals”…hang em up and coach all of these Canadian Youngsters Nashty!

  • Chyea

    I’ll always be sad about this.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    To say any NBA ex MVP and aging All Star is doing it for the money is crazy. What’s the difference of 5-10 Mil?? Jack, I tell ya. If he wasn’t a competitor; he would’ve retired as soon as he got injured (or turned 40).
    It’s an insult to Nash to even think that ish.
    Nash is a baller… he’s got great heart (white Iverson): he just wants to go out with a bang (as do we all)…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Were u a Phoenixian during the NASH ages??
    My ‘white Iverson’ tag, heart wise, is legit, no?
    He wants to go out with a bang, yeah??

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Noice

  • Interdico Scriptor

    International borders are disappearing. In OZ ‘pinching off a loaf’ means doing a turd. I’m sure that’s not what u meant…

  • Mike From Spain

    It makes sense… if an injury stops you, conditioning that might mask underlying issues is bound to fade away, so if he always had back issues and a stronger back kept these on check, breaking a leg and stopping for a while might have weakened his back which might have let the old issues appear.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah I’ve been here my whole life, he’s probably similar to Iverson in that don’t want to quit sort of way, yeah

  • brothasdontsurf

    Except that it is what I meant

  • Evan Boland

    I think he knows very well he’s done. Just chilling collecting dough. 10 million + last season, this season and next season. To supposedly rehab at home.

  • Evan Boland

    He was ballin’ until he got injured. Third game of last season. Age: 38

  • Saleem Rainman

    yup

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