Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 10:40 am  |  24 responses

Steve Nash Out With Nerve Irritation in Left Knee

Los Angeles Lakers point guard and all-around old guy Steve Nash was hurt in a 92-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Nash suffered nerve irritation in his left leg on a slow drive to the cup. Per the LA Times:

Nash experienced nerve irritation in his left knee, the same place where he sustained a fracture last season. He later said the nerve was “on fire” when he was kneed by Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, but he stayed in the game for about four minutes.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a long-term thing at all,” Nash said after his third game back from almost three months of inactivity because of back pain. “It wasn’t like I broke it again. I just kind of irritated the nerve. . . . I think it’s kind of transient and hopefully I’ll wake up [Monday] and feel better.”

Nash initially hurt his left knee in October 2012 when he collided with Portland guard Damian Lillard. It was a bizarre injury that included nerve damage in addition to the fracture and ultimately cost Nash 24 games last season.

He had eight points and two assists in 22 minutes against Chicago, throwing some behind-the-back passes and making three of four shots before leaving.

Nash also felt soreness in his back Sunday, the result of trying to limp through his sore knee, essentially throwing his whole body out of whack.

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  • JJ Jones

    Nash its over retire. Besides why the hell would he not wear something over that leg?

  • Jay Brodes

    dantoni should be fired.nuff said..nice try but i am about results and he failed..he should be fired! magic..keep talking!

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    Yeah Pringles Man needs to be canned (pun intended)…Kendall Marshall has been balling, Nash comes back, and he put’s him in, Blake comes back he puts him in smh…coaches, especially one’s who’s job is on the line should play the players that give them the best chance to win not there favorites.

  • Saleem Rainman

    doesnt seem major

    he was taken off as a precaution, he was hit in the exact same spot of his leg that he broke, weird.

  • JJ Jones

    Its only a matter of time

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    wearing something on nerve damage isn’t going to protect it. unless he is wearing a plastic brace. which presumably would be a plastic brace on his shin, limiting movement and ultimately making him even slower. so that’s not really an op[tion

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i like the assumption that Mike D’Antoni is at fault because this team can’t stay healthy. Lakers fans are the best.

  • Drig

    Not all Lakers fans believe that.

    However, it’s comedic how badly we’ve been struck with injuries this season. And here I was thinking it couldn’t get any worse than the last one………

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, but it’s only Lakers fans that feel that way. the rest of the basketball watching public can see that no matter who the coach was this season, it was about to be a trainwreck.

  • Elliot

    I enjoyed your pun

  • Anthony

    The YMCA 35+ league reaper strikes again….”Come into the light Steve…Come into the light…most of your draft class are here…John Wallace…Camby…Kerry…Stephon…Toine…Come into the LIIiiiiiight!”

  • hashzz

    Its true Lakers nation can’t blame no D antoni for the injuries, but it doesn’t change the fact that he stinks as a head coach and we are counting down the days when he is.fired

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he has glaring problems as a coach. but he’s hardly the problem you guys should be excited about fixing.

  • bike

    “Nash also felt soreness in his back Sunday, the result of trying to limp through his sore knee, essentially throwing his whole body out of whack.”
    One of these days they are going to scrape him off the floor, load him onto a stretcher, and he will still say “I’m fine, just a little nerve issue, just need to sleep it off”.

  • JJ Jones

    Wouldn’t it protect the bone though?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s not the bone that is bothering him, his nerves didn’t heal like they should have. idk how to really draw a parallel to this, the way his nerves healed left that spot incredibly tender. even if he had the bone covered, it takes minimal contact the irritate the spot. really the only way to protect it is to wear something hard that can absorb or disperse all pressure

  • Dfrance

    Nash should just retire. He’s not winning a ring in LA and he really has nothing else to prove to the basketball world at this point in his career.

    Walk away from the game while you can still walk.

  • Tanya Stephen


    ❚❚❚ ❚❚❚ ❚᜖❚❚ ❚❚⧭❚❚ ❚❚❚ ❚❚❚ ❚❚❚he was taken off as a precaution, he was hit in the exact same spot of his leg that he broke, weird.

  • Anthony

    Ever see Phil Jackson waddle…honestly can’t say I call what he does to get from point A to B “walking”…geesh…years & years of hoop at the highest level must really be hard on the body. (I can only imagine)

  • nbk troll

    Melo + Lebron + Kobe + Wiggins = 2015 Lakers Title Team

  • Saleem Rainman

    at this point it isnt about the rings, he is doing it because he loves the game. He’s said as much, he’s doing it just to feel the camaraderie with his teammates whiel playing, and the 2 games he was able to play freely(and well) was worth all the trouble.

    cant we respect that? lol

  • Dfrance

    I respect it but when your time is up its up. His body is telling him it’s time to take those Jet Flights, tie the strings together, and toss them on the nearest telephone wire.

    He can still be around the game in any capacity he wants, except for as a player. lol

  • LakeShow

    Rub a lil snake oil on it. You’ll be good.

  • sim888

    I’d love to see some advanced stats/graphs on the immediate decline of X players productivity / health, based on age, upon leaving the Suns. I demand a pie chart!