Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott is considering starting Jeremy Lin at point guard over veteran Steve Nash.
Both Nash and Lin are currently dealing with injures and did not practice Tuesday. Nash has recurring back problems and took himself out of the Lakers' third preseason game due to it. Lin is dealing with an ankle injury but should be ready for Los Angeles' game on Sunday.
Scott has not made any official decisions, but is considering using Nash off the bench when he's able to play.
“I have no doubt in my mind that if I went to Steve and said tomorrow, ‘You know what, I’m going to start Jeremy and the games that you’re available, we’re going to bring you off the bench,’ he’s such a professional that I don’t think it would be a problem whatsoever,” Scott said.
Nash, 40, has played just 65 games combined over the last two seasons because of injuries. Lin was traded to the Lakers from the Houston Rockets in July. Last season, he averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists per game.
Los Angeles opens the regular season on Oct. 28 against Houston.
- Molly Geary