Nov 7, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) draws a foul on Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (2) during the second half at Toyota Center. The Lakers won 99-98. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe's back, but when will Steve Nash return?

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash took a huge step in his recovery earlier this week and returned to practice, but the question still remains as to when he will return to the lineup.

Nash spoke to reporters in Sacramento on Friday and didn’t actually know when he could return from his injury (nerve root problems in his back).

[Los Angeles Daily News]

The 39-year-old point guard revealed he had hoped earlier this week that he would return when the Lakers (9-9) visit the Sacramento Kings (4-11) tonight at Sleep Train Arena. But Nash said “calmer heads prevailed” and opted a more conservative approach to ensure he wouldn’t “risk this kind of yo-yo season.”

“I might not be able to play anymore,” Nash said. “I might have to yo-yo it. I might be able to play the rest of the way. Honestly right now, I’m trying to see if I can play the rest of the way….

“It’s a very slippery slope if I do have a setback,” Nash said. “But I have to dance with the devil at some point and get back out there. It’s kind of tricky.”

Nash doesn’t’ seem to optimistic about playing an extensive role on this team when he eventually returns, and/or about ever returning to 100 percent. Sad. His last few remarks are probably the most telling. Sooner or later, he’s going to have to just give it a shot. It might work out, it might not.

Until then, it’s going to be a lot of uncertainty still. For both the Lakers and Nash.


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