D’Antoni: Nash will Sit “Off and On All Year”
“I’m not concerned,” [Mike] D’Antoni said when asked about [Steve] Nash playing just nine minutes against the Kings before sitting out with a sore left ankle. “I think this will happen off and on all year, but he’s going to give you a good season and good stuff. We have to take care of him.”
“D’Antoni added that Nash had difficulty getting his ankle loose during warm-ups and the two of them decided to end his night early.Nash, who will turn 40 in February, is the league’s oldest player this season, and his early preseason production has underscored that fact. Nash, who sat out the Lakers’ preseason opener to rest, is averaging just 1.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 17.3 minutes in the three games since while shooting just 25 percent from the field.
“We’ll see,” Nash said Thursday when informed of D’Antoni’s comments. “I’m hoping. Because [the ankle] has gotten better. At the start of camp, it wasn’t very good at all, and through camp it did improve. I think [Thursday] was more of an unfortunate day than a real problem.”