There was a lot of hype surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers heading in to the 2012-13 NBA season thanks to the free agent acquisitions of veteran point guard Steve Nash and the best defensive big man in the game, Dwight Howard. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the season hasn’t gotten off to the type of start they had hoped for.
Los Angeles is struggling to find their identity on the offensive side of the ball and Nash is already injured.
Nash has a non-displaced fracture in his left leg and is expected to miss at least one week. It is possible that the recovery time could take longer and the Lakers are in no hurry to rush Nash back to the court.
“You obviously hope he’s back as soon as possible,” Lakers head coach Mike Brown said after the team’s Sunday shootaround, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “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.”
It is a good decision by Brown and the Lakers to play the “wait and see” approach with Nash. The NBA has a long season and Los Angeles will need Nash healthy down the stretch if they hope to live up to the preseason hype.
Of course, the negative is that the Lakers offense will have even less time to gel.