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Friday, October 24, 2014

Lakers Injury Update: Steve Nash ruled out for entire season


By on 10/24/2014 03:18:00 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash has been ruled out for the entire 2014-15 NBA season due to a recurring nerve condition in his back.


One of the best point guards of his generation, Nash has suffered from the degenerative back condition for most of his career. He picked up an injury on October 12 this year, while carrying a bag reportedly. The Lakers confirmed yesterday that the 40-year-old will not return to court this season.
The future Hall of Famer had said in July that 2014-15 might be the last season of his career. He played in just 3 preseason games before his struggles with his back put him in doubt for what was to be his 19th NBA season.

CBSsports.com ran Nash's quotes from the Lakers press release.
"Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now. I work very hard to stay healthy and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health.”
Nash averaged 6.8 PPG and 5.7 APG while playing 20.9 minutes per game last season. He made just 15 appearances for the Lakers last season. Nash's career average stands at 14.3 points-per-game and 8.5 assists-per-game. His best season came with the Phoenix Suns in 2005-06 when he averaged 18.8 points-per-game and 4.2 rebounds-per-game.

The big-money contract committed to Nash is definitely going to be a problem for the Lakers. There are not many point guards available in the market either. At the moment, it looks like Jeremy Lin will see a huge boost in the number of minutes he plays.

The Lakers had a disappointing run last season after they failed to qualify for the Playoffs, finishing 5th in their division and 14th in the Western Conference with a 27-55 record. They begin their 2014-15 season against the Houston Rockets next week.

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