Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Nash may not attend upcoming trip
By Dave McMenamin
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers' depleted point-guard situation does not figure to get any better in the immediate future.
Steve Nash, sidelined for the Lakers' last 12 games because of nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings, may not travel with the team on its upcoming trip through Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Atlanta and Memphis, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.
"I don't know for sure," D'Antoni said before the Lakers played the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. "We're still in the process of seeing how he feels."
Nash was at Staples Center for the game but made a brisk trip through the locker room without discussing his health before tipoff on his way to go work out, which D'Antoni says is pretty much all the 39-year old does these days.
"He's still trying to get there," D'Antoni said. "He's doing everything possible. He works out 85 times a day and he'll get back as soon as he can."
Not that Nash would play all that much on the trip if he made his return anyway. D'Antoni's policy to save wear and tear on the 18-year veteran has been to only play him on one night out of two when the Lakers play a back-to-back. L.A.'s four games on the trip come on two back-to-backs.
Nash is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists while shooting 26.1 percent from the field in six games this season.
The Lakers' other ailing point guard, Jordan Farmar, will join L.A. on the road but still has "a ways to go" before he is able to play, according to a Lakers spokesman.
Farmar has missed the Lakers last three games after suffering a tear in his left hamstring against the Portland Trail Blazers. Farmar visited Dr. Luga Podesta on Monday to receive an ultrasound on his hamstring, which showed "healing and improvement," according to the team.
While Nash's plans are yet to be determined, Farmar will travel with the team so he can continue to rehabilitate his hamstring with treatment from the Lakers' training staff.
Farmar is averaging 9.2 points and 4.4 assists on the season for the Lakers, improved numbers from the 7.2 points and 1.5 assists he averaged in his last season in L.A. in 2009-10.