Steve Nash fractured his left fibula two games into the NBA season. His estimated recovery time, initially, was a week. This was on Oct. 31. Since then, the time table on his return has shifted in two-week spans every other Monday with no real explanation for the hold up.
A few days ago we finally got some insight into why an injury that was supposed to keep Nash out for two weeks ended up keeping him out for nearly two months. As it turns out, his broken fibula had healed – but then nerve irritation crept in. And it’s the nerve irritation that is responsible for his ridiculously prolonged absence.
So, what’s Nash’s status as of right now? According to Kevin Ding of the O.C. Register, he is apparently getting ready to return. Via the report:
The Lakers do at least have Steve Nash's return from a fractured left fibula on the horizon. He said his leg is "responding very well" to running, and he expects to practice next week — which could set him up to play Dec. 22 at Golden State or Dec. 25 vs. the Knicks.
For those keeping track at home, Christmas Day is two weeks away. Yes, it’s another two weeks promise – just like the four other ones we’ve heard over the past couple of months.
Do yourself a favor, Lakers fans – don’t believe it until you actually see him take the court.
(Kudos O.C. Register)