Steve Nash was playing in just his third game for the Los Angeles Lakers since missing 39 games due to a back injury this season on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. However, Nash’s 18th season in the NBA hit another hitch in the Lakers’ eventual 92-86 loss on Sunday, their 33rd of the season.
In the third quarter, Nash left the game with something apparently wrong with his left knee as a result of a collision with Kirk Hinrich. After the game, it was announced that Nash had irritated a nerve in his knee. However, Nash said that he doesn’t believe the injury is severe by any means and that he shouldn’t be out of action for long at all.
Nash also stated that he plans to practice on Monday and hopes to be in the lineup on Tuesday for the Lakers’ next game. However, given the fact that Nash just turned 40 years old and has a troubling recent history of injuries, this could be more serious than Nash is letting on.
Obviously having nerve troubles in his back early this season and breaking his leg are hardly minor things, but there have also been a number of minor nicks and ailments that have kept him out much longer than expected along the way.
Nash has shown that he can still be effective in spurts when he’s on the floor and, with the injuries that have crippled the Lakers’ backcourt already, his presence is key for the Lakers saving face this season. He’s certainly not the MVP candidate that he once was in the NBA, but it’d be a shame to see him go out like this. Consequently, let’s hope Nash is right on this one and won’t be out for too terribly long.