The Los Angeles Lakers have been a major disappointment this season, and one of the most common excuses for their struggles is that future Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash has been out of the lineup since the opening week.
Well the Lakers might finally be able to put their intimidating starting five back together, as it appears that Nash is close to making a comeback from the leg fracture that he suffered on Halloween night.
According to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell, Nash’s recovery is coming along well, allowing speculation that he could make a return to the court in time for the team’s upcoming four-game road stint.
“Mike D’Antoni said it’s “possible” that Steve Nash plays on the coming 4-game road trip,” Trudell said via Twitter.
Despite this optimism, D’Antoni doesn’t want to rush Nash back into the lineup before he’s ready to go. The Lakers’ head coach is eager to watch him work in the L.A. offense, but is doing his best to stay patient and not let his personal feelings get in the way of making the best long-term decision.
“D’Antoni thinks Nash is starting to allow himself more optimism about returning, but D’Antoni “wants it so bad”, doesn’t want to embellish,” Trudell continued.
There’s no denying that Nash will bring a whole different dynamic to both sides of the court for the Lakers once he returns to the starting point guard spot. With Steve Blake also nursing an injury, the Lakers have struggled with only Darius Morris and Chris Duhon available to man the point. Nash will bring back the passing, scoring and stout defense that L.A. has been missing since his departure.
The loss of Nash isn’t the only thing that has kept the Lakers from meeting expectations in 2012, but his return will certainly help them bounce back and stay competitive as they try to dig themselves out of this early-season hole.