Oct 7, 2012; Fresno, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) talks with guard Steve Nash (10) during a timeout against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Save Mart Center. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 110-83. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers say Paul Gasol, Steve Nash to have possible minute restrictions

While it’s not exactly shocking news that Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash could be on a minutes restriction this season, it is shocking that teammate Pau Gasol might be.

Nash, who has significant back problems was expected to have his minutes monitored but Gasol, who has been relatively healthy sans last year wasn’t expected to be watched too closely, at least from a minutes standpoint.

However, according to head coach Mike D’Antoni, both players will have multiple sets of eyes on them and their minutes.

Per the Los Angeles Times:

“I think Pau and Nash will be 100% before the season starts,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll try to go slow with them during preseason and make sure they’re OK. We’ll see how the season goes but maybe work with them to keep their minutes down to where it’s manageable and keep them OK.”

Possible playing-time restrictions for Gasol and Nash? Uh-oh.

Gasol is still trying to get back into playing shape after undergoing surgery three months ago in an attempt to prevent further soreness in his knee tendons.

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  • hookedonnews

    I wouldn’t worry about the minutes of Nash or Gasol being limited once the season gets started. Of course, there’s no reason to play extended minutes in preseason until it’s certain that they are 100% healthy. However, these are two of your most important players, especially if Kobe is not there for the start of the season. Keeping their minutes to a manageable level doesn’t really tell you what those minutes will be. I imagine the games will dictate that to a large extent, and the play of the bench will also be a factor. Nash has said that he expects to play about 32 minutes a game, and that 30 would be ideal. He also said that limits are not always realistic. D’Antoni has said he’s looking to have an 11 man rotation. If it works out that way, the minutes of all players should be reasonable.