Steve Nash has been gone from the Los Angeles Lakers since Halloween, but the guard is finally ready to return from an injured lower left leg.
Nash missed 24 games because of the injury, but is finally ready to return for the team’s game Saturday against the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Lakers had been forced to go deep down the bench for help at point guard, using Chris Duhon and Darius Morris after Steve Blake also went down with an injury.
Poor play from the point guard slot is one of the main reason the Lakers are off to an unexpected 12-14 start.
Just a few days before Steve Nash announced his return, ESPN reported that the point guard was getting close. But at that time, Nash believed he wouldn’t be back until the team’s Christmas Day game against the New York Knicks.
“Whatever day he returns will be Christmas, so I guess there’s that,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said jokingly. “He looked good today. Real good. You never know how he wakes up. But the first step was positive. He looks good on the floor. He said he felt good. We’ll see if he can do it again tomorrow and keep building from there.”
After a shaky start to the season, including firing head coach Mike Brown after a 1-4 start and hiring D’Antoni, the Lakers may finally have all the pieces in place from a busy offseason. After the team acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to complement Kobe Bryant, the Lakers became a popular pick to contend for the NBA title.
With Steve Nash ready to return, fans will finally be able to see if that’s true.