A few weeks ago, Pau Gasol questioned the health of his Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Steve Nash. It was a bit oddly timed – but given Nash’s nagging injuries, we just assumed it was Pau giving a general statement.
However, it’s possible Gasol knew more than he wanted to lead on as Steve Nash gave a candid interview about his health to Kevin Ding, hitning that he feels nerve pain all over and while he hopes to play better, isn’t sure when that will happen.
“The nerves in the broken leg, then the nerves in the back and hamstring (last season)…I’d never felt my nerves in my life. I feel them every day now,” Nash said late Friday night. “So my body’s different. I worked incredibly hard this summer and got myself back where I have a chance. I felt good tonight; I could’ve had a good game.
“Hopefully I can play at a better rate at some point in the near future,” Nash said. Then he added the following without any reporter solicitation: “But also you’re going to see Jordan really come alive and play well more consistently and give us a real player who can help the team.”
As the oldest player in the league, Nash is starting to feel it and it’s a bit sad to watch considering how quickly he has fallen from grace. It wasn’t even two years ago where Nash looked relatively spry and healthy (as much as a 37 year old could) but now the former Santa Clara product looks like a shell of his former self.
What’s to come for Nash is unknown as the Lakers are going to do everything they can to keep their point guard healthy, though he’s already played incredibly sparingly during the preseason and he’s already dealing with a multitude of issues.
Nash is signed through the 2014-2015 season.