Nov 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash sits on the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at New Orleans Arena. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 96-85. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Nash hoping to return to Lakers in February

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has been dealing with a number of injuries that have kept him from making an impact on the court this season, but he is continuing to work his way back and now has a timetable for his return.

If Nash were to get his way, he would be making a February return to the Lakers after the nerve issue fully heals.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

The way Steve Nash sees it, if the next time he suits up for the Los Angeles Lakers goes south because of the chronic nerve issues in his back and hamstrings, it could be the last basketball he plays in his illustrious 18-year career.

With that in mind, Nash is making sure he does as much as possible to get his body right before making what could be his final comeback attempt as an NBA player.

“At some point, I have to also realize, do the safest thing, the best possible opportunity to play basketball again rather than letting my angst get the better of me and jumping back in there,” Nash said after the Lakers’ shootaround Friday. “I know I can get healthy. It’s a matter of, ‘Can I sustain it?’ And I’m just trying to get that health under my belt for an amount of time where we feel confident that it can be sustainable is the tricky part, and that’s probably going to take a little while longer than I was hoping.”

Nash will not be traveling with the team on their upcoming seven-game road trip, but once that is complete he hopes to be able to return to the team.

Of course, with such a tricky injury to deal with, there is no guarantee that he will return in February like he plans.

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