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Nash (back) is expected to miss the entire 2014-15 season due to reoccurring nerve damage in his back, Bleacher Report reports.

Nash has struggled to overcome nerve issues in his back over recent seasons and those complications plagued the 40-year-old this preseason as well. Despite experimenting with countless techniques to improve his condition, Nash's back problems have persisted enough to rule him out for the upcoming campaign. Furthermore, with Nash currently in the final year of his contract with the Lakers, the two-time MVP may have played his last NBA game. If that proves true, Nash leaves the league in an unfortunate manner, but with an unquestioned resume destined for the Hall of Fame. As a result of Nash being out, Jeremy Lin should benefit as the Lakers' starting point guard this season, with Ronnie Price representing Los Angeles' top backup option.

Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Months

Nash will not suit up for Lakers on Sunday in the preseason tilt against the Jazz, InsideSoCal.com reports.

Nash has only played in two preseason games, asking out of the second after just one quarter. His back and nerve root issues from last season have kept him from practicing this week, but the ageing veteran wants to play in at least one more preseason game before the regular season kicks off. Things aren't looking rosy for the NBA's oldest player and Jeremy Lin (ankle) will likely assume the starting point guard role this season, and be the superior fantasy option.

Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Months

Nash (back) hasn't practiced in nearly a week, and he's doubtful for Sunday's preseason game, Lakers reporter Mike Trudell reports.

If you draft Nash under the assumption he'll see significant action this season, then you only have yourself to blame. His health will likely remain a concern throughout the season, and even when he's healthy enough to play, the Lakers will undoubtedly curtail his minutes in hopes of avoiding further setbacks. Jeremy Lin is the obvious option at point guard for the Lakers and for fantasy owners.

Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Months

Nash (back) will not play Thursday as initially thought, the team's official site reports.

Nash was initially slated to play Thursday, but his back didn't respond as well as he hoped in warmups, so he will sit instead. The Lakers are already short players with Nick Young, Jordan Campbell, Xavier Henry and Jeremy Lin all dealing with injuries. Ronnie Price is starting at point guard Thursday and should see a lot of minutes with few other options to turn to, but Nash and Jeremy Lin are expected to be the top two running the point when the regular season begins.

Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Months

Nash (back) will try to play in Thursday night's preseason game versus the Jazz.

Nash was previously expected to miss Thursday's game after tweaking his back while carrying bags Wednesday, but will apparently attempt to come off the Lakers' bench anyway. With Jeremy Lin (ankle) out, Ronnie Price will start at point guard for Los Angeles and should play an expanded role considering Nash's fragility. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how the 40-year-old former MVP holds up Thursday in whatever time he spends on the court.

Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Months

Nash (back) suffered a setback Wednesday and consequently is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason game versus the Jazz, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Nash reportedly tweaked his back while carrying bags, evidencing his fragility despite being a professional athlete. However, prior to Wednesday's incident, Nash had missed the Lakers' previous two practices, as well as Sunday's preseason game, due to discomfort. When considering his chronic pain, it's not surprising that the 40-year-old Nash incurred another setback. No matter, Nash is not expected to play Thursday and although Jeremy Lin (ankle) is also banged-up, it appears Lin is now the front-runner in the Lakers' point guard competition.

Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Months

Nash (back/hamstring) did not practice Tuesday.

Nash missed practice for the second straight day after stating he "didn't feel quite right" during Sunday's preseason contest. He'll be evaluated on a daily basis, and coach Byron Scott left open the possibility of both Nash and Jeremy Lin (ankle) playing in Thursday's exhibition game. Whether Nash plays or not, he's among the most difficult players to trust, in terms of health, when the regular season rolls around.

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Nash (undisclosed) did not practice Monday, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Nash left Sunday's preseason game early in the first half and did not play at all after halftime. The veteran said he "didn't feel quite right," but it's unclear whether that means he's dealing with an illness or an injury. Consider him day-to-day unless a forthcoming report indicates otherwise.

Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Months

Nash played just 12 minutes in the first half before sitting out the rest of the game because he "didn't feel quite right", Lakers.com's Mike Trudell reports. He scored just three points (0-5 FG, 3-3 FT) with two rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

Nash sat out last Thursday's game to rest, but this is a totally different situation. It could be a case of Nash and the Lakers being supremely cautious, but it's not a good sign when Nash's body isn't really right after one and a half preseason games. Jeremy Lin (ankle) is still the Lakers' point guard you want to own with rookie Jordan Clarkson (calf) a deeper league option.

Steve Nash PG LAL 2 Months

Nash will likely be held out of Thursday's preseason game against Golden State, the OC Register's Bill Oram reports.

If Nash is held out, it would only be for precautionary reasons, as the Lakers continue to be cautious with the veteran's health. Jeremy Lin figures to see an increased workload in Nash's absence.