When the Los Angeles Lakers took a risk and hired offensive-minded head coach Mike D’Antoni just a few games into the 2012-13 season, they were depending on his relationship with star point guard Steve Nash to carry the team.
After missing over a month with a left leg fracture and nerve irritation (h/t Yahoo! Sports), the Lakers have sputtered to start the season and currently sit below .500; frankly, looking awful at times.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Nash's much-needed return to the LA lineup will possibly come as early as this Saturday:
Steve Nash is eyeing a return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup Saturday against the Golden State Warriors if practice goes well this week, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
This is the best possible news for a Lakers team suffering dearly without their starting point man in the lineup. Not only does D’Antoni’s offensive schemes need Nash, the sheer lack of depth at PG is killing Los Angeles.
Will Steve Nash's return save the Lakers?
Nash’s return can’t come soon enough.
With backup point guard Steve Blake out for six weeks with abdominal surgery (h/t Lakers’ Twitter), the duo of Chris Duhon and Darius Morris is not getting the job done.
The team needs Nash back, and they need him to stay healthy.
Add in the fact that the franchise is still transferring to a new style of coach, and a star the caliber of Nash returning is welcomed news for everyone in the Los Angeles organization.
With Nash slowly getting back into game shape, the changes won’t come immediately, but when Nash does return to full health, the Lakers will be a serious contender.
All the team must do is make the playoffs, and Los Angeles will be tough to beat.
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