Steve Nash is one week, or two weeks, away from returning to the court every week it seems. The latest reports indicate that his fibula has now healed but he suffered nerve damage which has limited his rehabilitation efforts at least another two weeks. But what if that leg has another setback; another ding, another injury, puts Nash on the sideline another two weeks in two weeks? The 38 year old point guard, who in about two months will turn the page to 39, has only played 1.5 games this regular season and it still remains a mystery when he will actually play again. ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne writes that there are whispers "around the league" that one more setback could cost Nash the rest of the season.
On his first day in L.A., D'Antoni joked he'd probably start feeling better from reconstructive knee surgery about the same time Nash started feeling better. Like everyone else, he assumed Nash was "at most" a week away at that time. But now when people talk about Nash's return, every estimate begins with an "at least" and people around the league whisper that one more setback could cost Nash the rest of the season.
For weeks, D'Antoni has been saying all this will make sense once Nash comes back. He's that important. And darn it, D'Antoni needs it to start making sense to everyone so badly he's starting to see things that aren't there. Twice now he has hinted that Nash might return, only to admit later that he was just hoping it might be so. - Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Los Angeles
Wait wait wait, the rest of the SEASON? The full article can be found here, which is a great read detailing the Lakers' struggle to adjust to a new coach while missing two of their five starters, in particular Steve Nash who will be integral in Mike D'Antoni's approach to the style of play the Lakers will implement. Let's just hope there aren't any setbacks then, shall we?