Report: Steve Nash out at least another two weeks, nerve irritation keeping him sidelined
Originally Posted by fakemxcan
it might sound bad wishing bad on things on players, but i kind of hope nash is out a while. The longer he is out, the more they will think that he is going to solve all their problems, and the less time they will have to do something about it once they figure out that he wont.
Stop me if youíve heard this before, but Steve Nash
is still about two weeks away from returning to the Lakers.
Nash, still recovering from a small fracture in his fibula is progressing with his rehab, but is still not ready to join the team, according to David Leon Moore of USA Today
DíAntoni speculated Sunday that Nash might return at some point on the upcoming road trip but Nash told USA TODAY Sports that wonít happen.
ďI think it will be at least another two weeks,Ē Nash said. ďI can move. I can shoot. I just canít run full speed. And Iím not even in shape. Iíll probably need at least a week of practice once I start running.Ē
If this timeline sounds familiar, itís because it is. Nash has seemingly been about two weeks away for several weeks now, with each update given regarding his playing status seemingly defaulting to this generic timeline.
While Lakersí fans express their frustration surrounding Nashís delayed return, it seems thereís some clarity as to why his recovery is taking as long as it is. Mark Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that itís not that the fracture hasnít healed, but that Nash has still been feeling pain due to nerve irritation
in his leg:
Steve Nashís delayed return to the Los Angeles Lakers has more to do with nerve irritation in his lower left leg than the fracture he suffered, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Nash appeared set to return from a non-displaced fractured left fibula about three to four weeks ago. His fibula has healed well, but what caused the setback was a nerve irritation that surfaced in the leg during his rehabilitation, sources said. The nerve caused Nash pain any time he put pressure on it.
Well, that doesnít sound good at all.
The good news is that Nash has begun to ramp up his rehab. Heís doing more conditioning work and before every game heís doing ball handling and shooting drills. So, while heís not yet practicing, the hope is that heís getting closer to returning and that heíll be able to play soon after heís cleared.
His familiarity with Mike DíAntoniís system should also aid in a quick return once heís cleared medically. And while there will be more adjustments by he and his teammates to playing together in this system (rather than Mike Brownís), the fact that Nash knows the ins and outs of the Lakersí scheme will be helpful.
Of course that wonít fully be known to be true until Nash is back on the court. Which wonít be for another two weeks. At least.
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