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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lakers Injury Update: Steve Nash training without limitations

By on 6/25/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Steve Nash prior to the 2012-2013 season in hopes to team up with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard to make a run at an NBA championship. The Lakers disappointed, winning only 45 games and were a seventh seed in the playoffs. Nash was limited to 50 games due to injury, but showed signs of his old self when he was out on the court, averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 assists per game. The 2013-2014 season was a nightmare to both the Lakers and Nash, who was limited to 15 games due to injury.  But even at age 40, Nash hopes to play next season and has been training hard without any limitations.

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As reported by Mark Medina of Inside the Lakers at, two months have passed since the end of Steve Nash's 18th NBA season.  In three more months, we'll see if the 40-year-old point guard is healthy enough to play. He's been trying to battle back from persistent nerve damage in his back and hamstrings that limited him to 15 games.  Right now, Nash feels on track with his rehab.
“I feel great right now. I’ve been able to be pretty much go without limitations as far as my training. I’m obviously not trying to overdo it so I can allow that nerve to settle down perhaps and be less irritating. It has worked so far, but I would hate to say this is where it will be like once I join the rigors of an NBA schedule.”
Nash hasn't mentioned how he feels his health will be long-term. The Lakers are likely to draft a point guard, but are hoping to have Nash provide some veteran leadership and stability off the bench.

No one knows how this will play out with Nash, but be certain he will not go down without a fight.
“It’s way too early.  I’m not really sure I will know that until camp. But I’ll do everything I can to prepare myself for that environment.”
Nash averaged 6.8 points on just 38.3 percent shooting from the floor and 5.7 assists per game.  The 18-year veteran out of Santa Clara has played for the Suns, Mavericks and Lakers and has career averages of 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.

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