Nash was ruled out for the entire season with back problem last week…
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has insisted that Steve Nash did “everything he could” to return from his injuries and it is tough to deal with setbacks.
Bryant found out on Thursday that Nash will be sidelined from the entire year with a back injury with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak calling to inform him of the situation.
Nash strained his back during the second game of pre-season earlier this month and then aggravated the problem while carrying travel bags last week.
The veteran point guard played in just 15 games last season due to nerve root irritation, and he has previously hinted that this would be his last year in the NBA.
“You can control what you can control,” Bryant said.
“He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn’t in the cards, if I couldn’t get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible.”
Bryant went on to reveal that he has spoken with Nash since the decision was made and ensured that he was still in good spirits. Meanwhile, Kupchak wanted to keep the majority of his conversation with the 40-year-old private, and although the word ‘retirement’ didn’t come up, the general feeling was that Nash may well have played his last game.
The Lakers will likely look for a disabled player exception and it remains to be seen if they move to bring in another point guard with Jeremy Lin and rookie Jordan Clarkson their only two healthy options at the time of writing.