After giving his 39-year-old body some time to rest during the summer Steve Nash has been walking a fine line all preseason of trying to round into shape without pushing too hard and risk falling back into the cruel injury cycle that sabotaged his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers. With the regular season set to tip off in less than a week some of Nash's teammates are starting to wonder when or even if they'll have the full services of the surefire Hall of Famer in their lineup this season. Coach Mike D'Antoni brought it up first after the team's exhibition game against the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas suggesting that Nash would be in and out of the lineup all season. Pau Gasol followed this week saying he was "concerned" about Nash after the point guard played only 15 minutes in the Lakers' win over the Utah Jazz sitting out the second half because of a neck injury. "Steve hasn't been able to complete a practice yet so that's the bigger issue" Gasol said of Nash who is averaging just 3.5 points and 3.5 assists in 16.7 minutes per game in the preseason sitting out one of the exhibition games altogether. "I'm a little bit concerned because I want him to be healthy I want him to play. I want him to play and I want him to do well. I want him to help us. I hope that he can." D'Antoni said Nash was able to make it through a full practice Thursday but cautioned that he could hold Nash out of the preseason finale Friday in Anaheim. If Nash doesn't play Friday does he think he will be ready for the regular-season opener Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers? "I do I do" Nash said. "I played the last game even though I probably shouldn't have trying to get a little extra rhythm and some reps. By the end of the week I should feel better." Nash said that had the Utah or Sacramento games been in the regular season and meant something he could have stayed in and pushed through his ankle and neck discomfort that caused him to shut down his night at halftime in both instances.
Nash's health starting to cause concern
ESPN Los Angeles | Oct 25