Retirement? LA Lakers guard Steve Nash concerned about pains

steve-nashFormer league MVP Steve Nash limped through an injury plagued 2013 campaign where he posted his lowest point and assist production in over a decade, HoopsWorld reported.

Entering this season the Los Angeles Lakers planned to limit some of the effects of father time by reducing Nash’s availability on back-to-backs.

However, those precautionary plans may be in vain as Nash was forced to miss the entire second half of the Lakers’ Sunday night game versus the Minnesota Timberwolves with severe back pain.

Nash was scheduled to be examined by noted back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins =for a full diagnosis. But with the pain continuing to mount and the production steadily, you must wonder if the next step is Nash hanging up the laces for good.

“I hesitate to even talk about it now because it’s probably not a good time, I’m feeling a little emotional, but it’s hard,” Nash said to Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times.

“I really want to play and I really want to play the way I’m accustomed to playing, and to be so limited is frustrating. And also to not know where a clean-ish bill of health is a little daunting too.”

“The pain is always there, it’s not as much of a concern. It’s just when you’re so limited and you’re limping, you’re trying to get off your left leg the whole time, then you just can’t be effective and you’re making it worse. I tried to play through it, but to what diminishing returns.”

Nash, who will turn 40 in February, missed 32 games last season. The former All-Star sat out two games this season as a precaution for his ailing back.

The veteran says it’s a combination of pain in his back and hamstring but is struggling to pinpoint the exact root of the injury.

“It gets really confusing,” Nash said. “I have obviously back issues. It’s nerves coming from my back. You could call it the back, you could call it the nerves, the pain in the hamstring, it’s all the same thing. It gets a little convoluted.

“I’m trying to play through it, but at the same time be smart and overcome what I can.  But it’s taken a bit of a turn for the worse, and I’m just going to see the [doctor] tomorrow and see what he advises.”

In 56 career regular season games with the Lakers, Nash has recorded averages of 12.1 points and 6.5 assists on 48 percent shooting from the floor. The Lakers acquired Nash from the Phoenix Suns last July in exchange for four future draft picks (2013 and 2015 first round / 2013 and 2014 second round picks).

Nash will earn $9.3 million this season and is also on the books for $9.7 million next year.


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