Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Steve Nash had been decimated by injuries as his career winds down.
That’s what happens when you’re 39 years old and have spent 17 years in the NBA. Nash has only played in three of the Lakers’ first four games, sitting out last Wednesday’s 125-94 loss to the Golden State Warriors, because it came on the second night of a back-to-back.
Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni is also limiting the veteran’s minutes, playing him just 24.3 minutes per game. Nash, who is averaging 7.0 points, 5.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game, fractured his leg last season and can still feel the effects of that injury now.
“I’m still fighting things that happened because of the broken leg,” Nash told Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times. “I still feel that almost every day, all over. It’s not just in that spot. The whole system in a way is different now, it’s just a little bit more sensitive.”
The Lakers will try to push their 2-2 record over .500 when they travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks Tuesday at 8:30 pm EST.