Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will miss at least the next two weeks thanks to nerve root irritation in his back and hamstring. Nash saw a specialist on Monday and it was determined his back problems stem from nerve issues and not from any new impingement in his back. The Lakers have said they believe the nerve damage is a result of his broken leg from 2012.
Nash saw Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday and will receive an epidural block on Tuesday. He will be re-evaluated in 10 days. Nash had a similar treatment last season when he missed the Lakers’ final two postseason games in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs. He was unable to play then despite getting three epidural injections in his right hamstring in a week in an attempt to get back on the court.
All season Nash has said his back has been getting worse and worse and there’s a chance this could linger for a while until the issues are ironed out fully. It’s not likely the kind of injury he could play through effectively.
For anyone who hasn’t experienced them, nerve issues in your back are awful. They linger, there’s not a whole lot you can do about the paid other than physical therapy and taking pain killers, and you’re pretty much constantly hurting as a result. Nash has said he’s in “nearly constant” pain and at 39 he has to be questioning whether or not he wants to continue playing.
He has averaged just 6.7 points and 4.8 assists per game this season while shooting 26.1 percent form the field. He has seen playing time in just six of the Lakers’ first eight games. He’s in his 18th year in the NBA and clearly wants to continue playing but his body just isn’t cooperating.
The former two-time MVP will try to get healthy but at this rate it is hard to believe he’ll wind up returning for the final year of his contract next season.
The Lakers are off to a 3-5 start, and Nash has even admitted that his play so far this season has hurt the team.
Expect Los Angeles to use Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks in heavy rotation with Nash out.