The expectations for the Los Angeles Lakers this season are championship or bust, so a quick start would have helped to dissuade the tension that is currently surrounding the team.
After the Lakers fell in their season opener to a Dallas Mavericks team that was without Dirk Nowitzki, the panic meter filled up in L.A.
The only thing that could have made the Lakers situation more tense were injuries or more losses, both of which followed their season-opening loss.
In their second game of the season, the Lakers dropped their road opener to the Portland Trail Blazers. Making matters worse, Steve Nash was injured, and it was soon deemed more serious than originally anticipated.
According to Shahan Ahmed of NBCLosAngeles.com, Nash could be out for a month due to a nondisplaced fracture in his left leg.
Without Nash in the lineup, the Lakers will have to find a way to make their new Princeton offense work without their starting point guard. When he does return, it will take further adjustments for the team to integrate him efficiently into the offense.
The Lakers' trade for Nash was viewed as a coup, but if the 38-year-old, two-time MVP is unable to avoid injuries, then they will have to rely on Steve Blake at the point. And as long as Blake is their starting point guard, the Lakers will have an awfully tough time overcoming the rest of the league's elite teams.
All things considered, Nash managed to stay healthy over the span of his eight-year career with the Suns, so the Lakers have reason to remain optimistic while he recovers. And if he returns to effectively aid them in their quest for a championship, then the slow start to the season and the injury will be easily forgotten.