Oct 30, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) before the game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers PG Steve Nash rests against Warriors


In the afterglow of a surprising and decisive win over the Clippers, the Lakers couldn’t exactly celebrate. They were forced to take the court against the Golden State Warriors in a back-to-back situation, and Los Angeles was also without point guard Steve Nash.

Nash didn’t suit up for the game against the Warriors by “coach’s decision”, but it has been reported by Dave McMenamin that Nash will sit out “some, if not most” of LA’s back-to-backs during the course of the season. McMenamin also provides this quote from Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni on the Nash decision:

“He wants to play but he also understands that he needs to be cautious and he understands it’s the best way to go,” D’Antoni said. “Now, we can evaluate that after a couple games or whatever and we’ll see how it goes, or how he feels in December, but this early we just think this is the best for him right now and the team.”

Whether Nash will actually sit on every back-to-back this season remains to be seen, but I can’t say that I’m opposed to the idea. At 39 years old, the former MVP has a documented issue with his back, and he needs a certain level of athleticism in order to use his entire arsenal of shot creating maneuvers. LA is in a precarious position with a roster that isn’t really playoff-caliber (especially without Kobe Bryant), but with Nash as a “primary” asset despite his age.

Moving forward, sitting Nash may be the best move, but don’t be surprised if patience withers if and when the Lakers struggle.

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  • hookedonnews

    Personally I think they need Nash on the floor as much as possible. D-Wade also rested for Miami last night on a back-to-back, so it’s not unheard of, but I think it’s a little early in the season to have to do that. If Nash feels like he’s able to play I think he should play. The team looked flat against GS–probably a let-down from the emotional high of the night before. Hopefully things will level out, and they can play at a consistent level. This team was terrible in the 2nd of back-to-back games last season. Hope they can do better this year with the addition of younger players. I don’t think this game means that much. Let’s give this team a few games to get their equilibrium. No reason to panic yet.