Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni: Steve Nash not returning this season

Thursday March 13th, 2014

Steve Nash will have his back injury re-evaluated in 10 days. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images) Steve Nash averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 assists in the 10 games that he played. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said Thursday that point guard Steve Nash will not return this season.

Nash has been out since a Feb. 11 loss against the Utah Jazz, when he played 17 minutes and recorded two assists and one rebound. He has dealt with myriad injuries this season, including having an ongoing nerve-root irritation in his left leg.

The Lakers have already ruled guard Kobe Bryant out for the remainder of the season as he continues to rehab from a knee injury.

Nash, 40, has only played in 10 games this season for the Lakers (22-42), who have one of the worst records in the Western Conference.

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"He's not going to play," D'Antoni said about Nash, via the Los Angeles Times.
Nash is making $9,300,500 this season and is due to make $9.7 million next year.

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