Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Hrs
Steve Nash (back, hamstring) practiced on Saturday but he remains doubtful to play Sunday vs. the Raptors.
The Lakers could certainly use Nash in the lineup now that Jordan Farmar (hamstring) is on the shelf. Steve Blake will remain the team's default starting PG and may keep the job even when Nash returns, which could be as early as next Thursday's game at Portland.
Steve Nash PG LAL 1 Day
Steve Nash (back, hamstring) is doubtful to play against the Raptors on Sunday.
He won't play against the Kings on Friday and it would be a surprise to see him back on the court for Sunday. Nash has been practicing a little, but there have not been any reports of him being a full participant yet. While he has been one of the better point guards in the NBA over the past decade, his age caught up with him this year and he's not worth owning in almost any league. Steve Blake will get all the minutes he can handle with Jordan Farmar (hamstring) out for a month.
Steve Nash PG LAL 4 Days
Steve Nash (back, hamstring) practiced for 10 minutes on Tuesday but said that it's "very unlikely" he'll return to action vs. the Kings on Friday.
He'll try to practice 15 minutes on Wednesday and will gauge his activity based upon how his body responds. This is a positive step for Nash and the Lakers, but it won't have fantasy owners clamoring to claim him off the waiver wire. Mike D'Antoni has suggested that Nash could come off the bench once he's healthy, and Steve Blake's starting PG job is safe for now.
Steve Nash PG LAL 6 Days
Steve Nash (back, hamstring) intends to practice on Tuesday, according to Mike D'Antoni.
The Lakers don't play until Friday, giving Nash an ideal window to test how his back and hamstring respond to on-court activity. He reportedly feels better after rehabbing in Vancouver, but he may play a reserve role if and when he returns to action. Fantasy owners should avoid him until we've seen him on the court.
Steve Nash PG LAL 7 Days
The Lakers hope that Steve Nash (back) will practice sometime this week.
It's not certain that Nash will join his teammates, let alone go through a full practice. This is an ideal time for him to test himself, however, since L.A. has four straight days off from Monday through Thursday. Considering Nash's laundry list of nerve-related ailments, we're not getting our hopes up.
Steve Nash PG LAL 14 Days
Addressing rumors that he was considering retiring before the end of the season, Steve Nash (back) said, "No, not at all. I don't know where that came from."
"For me, I realize I have about 18 months left of basketball and I want the most out of this that I can possibly get and I don't know if that's going to be one game or the vast majority of what's left," Nash continued. He reiterated that he is not rushing the recovery, "I want to make sure that I'm not racing to get back but really solve this problem as well as I can so I can sustain it whenever I do come back." Nash could return to practice next week, at the earliest. But that does not mean he will be on the court in a game any time soon. Fantasy owners that have stashed him on their bench should explore other options.
Steve Nash PG LAL 16 Days
Steve Nash will travel to Vancouver next week to meet with his personal trainer and rehab his back and hamstrings.
"Conditioning and trying to get over the nerve pain," Mike D'Antoni said, explaining Nash's rehab to date. "He's got to get his body aligned. It will probably be another week or 10 days and then he'll try [to return]. If it works, it works. If not, he'll go back [to training] to try it again." Even if Nash resumes practicing in one week, which seems doubtful, it's unclear when he'll play in a game or what restrictions he would have.
Steve Nash PG LAL 16 Days
Mike D'Antoni expects Steve Nash (back) to miss at least another 10 days.
Nash will slowly increase his workouts over the next week but it's hard to say when he might return, or how he'll play if he does return. The good news is that D'Antoni dismissed the notion that Nash is considering retirement -- the former league MVP still has a passion for the game and wants to give it another go.
Steve Nash PG LAL 18 Days
Steve Nash (back) is reportedly "seriously considering" retirement due to his ailing back.
This would be a sad end to the the two-time MVP's career, but his soon-to-be 40-year-old body just doesn't seem to want to cooperate with his desire to play. While Nash may still give it one last go before hanging up his gym sneakers, he wasn't producing at a high level (or playing back-to-backs) even before his latest injury. If Nash does indeed retire, Steve Blake's already soaring fantasy value would be cemented.
Steve Nash PG LAL 20 Days
Steve Nash put up some shots after the Lakers' shootaround on Sunday, according to Mark Medina of the Daily News.
This doesn't mean much in the big picture, but it's nice to see Nash continuing to do light activities during his two-week rest period, after which he'll be re-evaluated. Any talk about Nash retiring has been silenced, at least temporarily, but he's shooting 26.1 percent from the field in limited action this year and it's very hard to be optimistic about his season outlook.