Steve Nash is not playing on the second night of back-to-backs, he’s playing limited minutes, and he’s shooting 29 percent from the field over the first three games of his 2013-14 season. The NBA’s oldest player has not looked particularly spry in the first week of his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and on Monday he revealed why.
The 2005 and 2006 NBA MVP is still suffering from nerve damaged that was caused by the leg fracture he developed early in the 2012-13 season.
Still. Argh. From Eric Pincus at the Los Angeles Times:
"I'm still fighting things that happened because of the broken leg," Nash said. "I still feel that almost every day, all over. It's not just in that spot. The whole system in a way is different now, it's just a little bit more sensitive."
Nash had his best game of the season Sunday night in the Lakers' 105-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks, with 13 points and six assists in a season-high 29 minutes. He said he's "extremely optimistic" that he'll be a steady contributor this season.
"If last night's an indication, if I can get up another level or two, I can be pretty effective," he said.
Nash broke the leg in the second game of a 2012-13 season that, you’ll recall, cost the Lakers a chance to hold onto Dwight Howard with a long term deal, cost the team two head coaches and possibly a chance at Phil Jackson’s return to coaching, and cost the franchise a healthy Kobe Bryant. It was a disaster all around, and with Bryant still out for an undetermined amount of time, Howard actually handling things tactfully while in Houston, and Nash still limping, the aftereffects of that miserable term are still lingering.
And if Nash is still feeling pain one year after the fracture? This is not good.
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