The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2013-14 NBA season has been marred by injuries more than anything else. There’s been a normal (for L.A.) level of drama within the team and there have been some entertaining, Nick Young-related moments, but this team has struggled to find any level of success because of the injuries and a general lack of talent.
One of the biggest injuries, outside of the lower body of Kobe Bryant, has been with point guard Steve Nash. Due to a nerve problem in his back, Nash has only played six games this season due to the injury, but his return has been discussed as something that will be happening soon, with some people speculating as early as Tuesday night.
However, Nash won’t be returning on Tuesday. According to a report from ESPN, Nash was slated to practice with the Lakers on Monday, but irritated his back injury and was unable to practice. With him not being able to practice, Nash won’t be inserted into the lineup on Tuesday and his return will be put off a little bit longer.
While the Lakers could use some veteran leadership, Nash’ inability to return right now is really not that big of a deal. This team isn’t going to be helped a great deal by Nash, who looked like a shell of himself last season with the Lakers. This team needs more than an aging point guard to fix their issues. Yes, it’s a good thing to get talented veterans back and his return might help slightly. However, is Nash returning really going to change the Lakers’ fortunes for the rest of the year?