It sounds like Steve Nash may not be back until the new year. The Los Angeles Lakers guard said he will not be playing in a game any time soon because of prolonged nerve damage to his leg, and admitted to not being in game-ready shape, according to a report from David Leon Moore of USA Today Sports.
Nash has been out since the first week of the season and seemed all but ready to return to the Lakers from a non-displaced fractured left fibula in mid October. The fibula has healed, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, but now the problem is nerve damage to his leg that became apparent during his rehabilitation.
News of the nerve damage led Nash to believe that he will be out at least two more weeks:
“I think it will be at least another two weeks I can move. I can shoot. I just can’t run full speed. And I’m not even in shape. I’ll probably need at least a week of practice once I start running.”
Speculations have been swirling of Pau Gasol's exit from Los Angeles, but the Lakers brass deny any such rumor, maintaining that the team will give Nash his fair due with Gasol, as part of the condition for Nash when he decided to leave Phoenix for Los Angeles this past summer. Teams can't trade free agents acquired during the offseason until Dec. 15, so the team isn't expecting a move either way any time soon. The Lakers, currently 9-12 and off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, visit Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks on Thursday.