Sunday, February 9, 2014
Nash still touting how good he feels
By Ramona Shelburne
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Steve Nash said Saturday he felt as good physically as he has in two seasons. That would be the two seasons he has spent in Los Angeles, since coming over as a free agent in the summer of 2012.
"There were times last year where I think I started to play pretty well," Nash said. "But as far as moving, this is about as good as I've felt since I broke my leg [in the second game of the 2012-13 season]."
Nash returned to the Los Angeles Lakers last week and has averaged 13 points and seven assists in the two games he played, including a game-high 19 points against the Philadelphia 76ers on his 40th birthday on Friday.
Nash said he was "a little stiff" Saturday after a six-hour flight home from the East Coast late Friday night, but expected to be ready for the Lakers game Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Bulls.
"With all the injuries, it's hard to feel really free out there. But the last two games, I've felt about as free as I have the last few years," Nash said. "With this injury I'm never going to count my chickens. I'm going to be diligent and be thankful for every minute I get out there."
Nash said all the work he has done with his personal trainer has taken him to a level he feels he can sustain a for a while, but admitted that his situation is "tenuous" as he could start "compensating again," so "it's something I have to work on every day."