Steve Nash is out for the season. Now what?

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The reoccurring nerve irritation issues that Steve Nash has  struggled with since last season has taken its toll and has finally come to a head. The Los Angeles Lakers announced today that Steve Nash will miss the entire 2014-2015 NBA season due to the continued back injury. 

The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise for those that have followed Nash over the last 2 seasons with the Lakers. Nash missed all but 15 games last season and played in just 50 games in 2012-13.

It had seemed that Nash had taken a big step in the recovering process this preseason. Most reports from training camp were that Nash looked good and finally was not experiencing issues with the nerve irritation that had plagued him last year.

 

Steve Nash played in the preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets on October 6, scoring 11 points and dishing out 5 assists in 20 minutes. Nash sat out the 2nd game of the preseason but returned to score 3 points in 12 minutes in the first half against the Warriors on October 12; Nash did not return in the 2nd half and then sat out due to injury for the rest of the preseason.

At one point during training camp Nash had felt so good that he was evening thinking beyond this season.

The early signs of a recovery turned out to be nothing more than false hope. The Lakers will move forward with only 2 true point guards on the roster: Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price. Rookie Jordan Clarkson can also play the point guard position if needed but has mainly played the 2 guard spot in preseason.

Nash will continue taking a roster spot but the Lakers do have quite a few options as to what to do with Nash. The Lakers could move Nash’s expiring contract in trade, waive/buy him out to open up a roster spot, receive a disabled player exception that could be used to sign a free agent or Nash can retire. Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times provided more insight on Twitter as to the options available and we also answered some questions regarding this topic as well.

 

Steve Nash didn’t make a mark in his 2 seasons with the Lakers, but with his stellar 15 seasons prior to coming to L.A. he will go down as one of the greatest point guards to have ever played this game. Nash is a sure bet for the Basketball Hall of Fame having amassed a litany of accolades in his career: 2 NBA MVP awards, 8 time NBA All-Star, 7 time All-NBA team, 3rd on the all-time career assists list with 10,335 and currently owns the highest career free throw percentage in NBA history at 90.4 percent.

It is a sad day for basketball fans seeing Nash go out due to injury. The NBA has lost one of the best of its players and will be sorely missed by all fans of the game.

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