Nash sustained a back injury carrying bags earlier this week…
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Nash injures back carrying bags: Lakers point guard suffers another injury setback.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has insisted that he needs to stay optimistic after another week of struggling with injury.
The 40-year-old played in just 15 games last season and he hasn’t played since the pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors on October 12 when he asked to be removed from the game.
He tweaked his back again this week while carrying bags, and as the oldest active player in the NBA, there are serious question marks over whether or not he will have any sort of impact in the new season.
It is unclear at this stage as to when Nash will be re-joining his team-mates for practice or a pre-season game, but he is trying to stay positive after yet another setback.
“I expected things to happen. It’s inevitable with everything I’ve gone through that there’s going to be issues adapting back to the game,” Nash said before practice at the team’s facility.
“On the other hand, I did get through seven or eight hard days well, which I didn’t do last year. So there is some improvement, and if I can adapt continually once I heal up here, I’ll be back on course.”
Coach Bryon Scott ruled out Nash playing in the Lakers’ game against the Utah Jazz on Sunday, but he did insist that he knows the veteran point guard “wants to play badly”.
Nash has played in just 65 of a possible 164 regular-season games over the past two seasons due to knee, back and hamstring issues.
Nevertheless, he opted against retiring this summer and instead returned to the Staples Center, with the Lakers set to pay him $9.7m in the final year of his three-year contract worth $28m.
However, the veteran has conceded that this, his 19th season in the NBA, will likely be his last, but he is desperate to go out and play and make a significant contribution before calling time on his career.