Nash return: ‘Definitely Christmas, for sure’
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will be back soon, but exactly when remains unclear.
Nash, who has been out since Oct. 31 with a left leg injury that continues to cause him significant pain, suffered no setbacks in what was his second full practice on Friday at the team’s practice facility but isn’t sure which game in which he will return. He had been hoping to play on Saturday at the Golden State Warriors, but will more likely play Christmas Day at home against the New York Knicks.
“Probably low chances (of playing) tomorrow,” Nash said. “But definitely Christmas, for sure.”
The fracture on Nash’s left fibula is on the joint, leading to the continued pain. Nerve pain had caused even more problems, but Nash said he is almost healthy enough to return and try to help the 12-14 Lakers.
“I mean there’s lots of pain, but I can manage that, so I’m continuing to progress and hopefully can put it behind me,” Nash said.
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is as excited as anyone to see his old point guard back in the fray because of his ability to run his spread offense.
“He’s the best at it,” D’Antoni said on Thursday. “Not taking anything away from anybody else, but when you’re the best at it, it’s going to run smoothly, and confidence builds up and you’re able to (say), ‘Oh, that’s why he wants me in that position because we can do this.’ And it works, and it becomes a lot easier.”
With forward Pau Gasol returning from an eight-game absence on Tuesday, the Lakers hope this is the beginning of a turnaround.
“I hope it’s a turning point, because we’re not very good right now,” D’Antoni said. “So it better be. Something better turn.