Hoping to bolster their point guard position, the Lakers acquired Nash last year and promptly signed him to a three year, $27 million dollar deal.
Health issues, which the Santa Clara product was already experiencing in Phoenix prior to his arrival in Los Angeles continued to haunt him as he struggled to stay on the court.
Nash played in just 50 of the Lakers 82 games and was ineffective in a handful of games he did play due to injury. Now, multiple sources have said the Lakers play to keep Nash on a tight minutes restriction this year but the Canadian born star says he’s going to be healthy this season, suggesting that while he still has some pain, in two months he’ll be 100%:
“It’s coming along nicely,” Nash said of his health. “I’m not 100 percent, but it’s getting close. In the next two months for sure, but I imagine in the next two to three weeks I’ll be 100 percent and that gives me another month [before training camp] to get even better. The fortunate thing about it is it’s been mostly a nerve situation I’m dealing with and nerves take time, but I’ve been able to work around it and work to strengthen different areas. So, it’s not like I’ve been waiting and waiting for something to heal. I’ve been waiting in one respect for the nerves to settle down, but I’ve also been strengthening in other areas and I’ve been on the court, too. So, I had a really good summer.”