Lakers news: Steve Nash near 100 percent, using last season as motivation

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The two-time Most Valuable Player has focused on rehabilitating and is almost up to full strength.

Steve Nash missed 32 games during the regular season in his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers because of hip, leg and back ailments but is "pretty close" to being 100 percent healthy since he began rehabilitating after Los Angeles' first round exit from the NBA playoffs, reports Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

Despite having an injury-riddled season, Nash nearly locked in his first 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from beyond the arc, 90 percent from the free throw line since the 2009-2010 season.

The Lakers have bolstered their point guard depth by bringing former Laker Jordan Farmar back from his overseas stint in Turkey. Steve Blake also remains on the roster and is a $4 million expiring deal.

Nash also told Reynolds that he is excited to to work with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for a second year as they try to find "chemistry and identity" and is using the "bad memories" from the 2012-2013 season as motivation.

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