When things could not get any worse for the Lakers in their battle with the injury bug, it unfortunately has gotten worse today.
Not only did we find out that SG Kobe Bryant has a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, but we also learned that PG Steve Nash will be out for another month in order to fully recover from a nerve root irritation in his back.
According to the LA Times’ Eric Pincus, Nash is starting to show signs of discouragement, despite working as hard as possible to physically become healthy enough to play.
“Hopefully that’s a really good timeline where I can get healthy and put my back in a position where it can protect itself and survive,” Nash said regarding his probable return period. “This has really been something I’ve faced since the end of March. The toughest thing has been emotionally and mentally. I’ve had a lot of down days.”
Along with Nash and Bryant, the two other Lakers’ point guards PG Steve Blake and PG Jordan Farmar are still out for the foreseeable future due to their respective injuries. The Lakers did sign PG Kendall Marshall today to a non-guaranteed contract to back up G Xavier Henry at the point gaurd position.
Nash has been limited to only 6 games this season, averaging 6.7 PPG and 2.8 APG in 22.5 MPG. For Nash and the Lakers, it has been very unfortunate since Nash suffered the freak leg fracture in their 2nd regular season game last season.
Hopefully Nash will make a full recovery and return to his old form, or some resemblance of it. His excellent work ethic and pride still gets him through the rehabilitation process.
However, due to the nerve issue and his age, it seems less and less likely that he can return to his old form as each day passes this season.