The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to get their season back on track right now, but that seemingly simple task is being made all the more difficult by Steve Nash’s injury.
When Nash initially suffered a small fracture to his fibula last Wednesday, team officials said that they expected him to be out for a week. Not too long after they said that, reports surfaced from unnamed personnel that Nash’s real recovery time would probably be closer to a month. And then, yesterday, Steve Kerr told Dan Patrick that when he had a similar injury – it kept him out of action for about three weeks.
So, what is the truth? It is impossible to say right now. It could be the Lakers’ initial statement. It could be what the unnamed sources said. It could be Kerr’s assessment. All we know for certain at this point, really, is that Mike Brown won’t rush his floor general back.
"You obviously hope he's back as soon as possible," Brown said (via ESPN). "But the one thing you don't want to do, you don't want to compromise his long-term health for him coming back quicker than he should. So, (trainer) Gary Vitti and the staff are on top of it. We'll just wait and play it out from there."
And for what it’s worth, Brown seems to have confidence in Nash’s backups.
"We got capable guys that can step up and fill his spot and that's what we're going to have to get," Brown said. "Obviously Darius (Morris) is going to get some minutes so it's going to help his growth and (Steve) Blake is going to get a chance to play with the starting group, so we'll be able to see what he's going to be able to bring to the table and we'll just go from there."
Between Brown’s insistence on not rushing Nash back and his hyping up of the reserves, it is probably a safe bet that Nash will sit out for longer than seven days.