Steve Nash has suffered another setback during training camp. this time aggravating his back issues while carrying his bags, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott does not expect Nash to play Thursday against the Utah Jazz.
Nash went into the Lakers' game against the Golden State Warriors Sunday not feeling "quite right" and asked out of the game after the first quarter. Scott would not elaborate on what caused him to call it an early night, telling media "you'd have to ask him."
Nash has been struggling with back, nerve and hamstring issues since his first major injury with the Lakers during the '12-13 season, and is already dealing with more setbacks before the regular season begins. He's worked around his degenerative back issues for years, but the problem has only gotten worse since bumping knees with Damian Lillard.
Jeremy Lin could make his return soon after tweaking his ankle, but is aiming for Sunday to find his way back into the Lakers' lineup, according to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell. Nash's latest setback, along with Lin and Jordan Clarkson being sidelined, brings the Lakers point guard rotation down to one player: Ronnie Price.