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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has injured his back carrying bags according to the franchise and will miss practice for a third straight day.
Lakers coach Byron Scott told the media that the team was still gathering information over the extent of the injury but it is expected that Nash will not play in an exhibition game against the Utah Jazz on Thursday.
It is undoubtedly another huge blow for the veteran who had hoped to enter what could be his final year in the league in good health, and the early signs suggested that he looked good in pre-season.
Nash appeared in just 15 games last season and the NBA’s oldest active player opted against retiring this past summer to continue for one more year with the Lakers set to pay him $9.7m. However, the 40-year-old has hinted that this season, his 19th in the league, will be his last.
“It’s a concern because, from my standpoint, I’ve got to kind of figure out if he’s going to be able to play every day or not, if he’s going to be able to play every other game, or which games can he play,” Scott said.
“Obviously, in the next couple of weeks, we’ve got some time to come to a conclusion to this whole situation.”
Scott has hinted at the possibility of Jeremy Lin becoming his starting point guard given Nash’s on-going problems and unreliability, but it is undoubtedly a problem across the entire roster.
Lakers players missed a league-high 319 combined games because of injuries last season, and it appears as though their bad luck is continuing into this year despite Kobe Bryant returning to form, with Nick Young expected to be sidelined for at least a month with a thumb injury.