Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has been dealing with nerve damage in his left leg, which has lingered after the 39-year-old sustained a fracture to it last season.
Despite the seemingly ominous development for the aging superstar, Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding reports that Nash remains upbeat in the wake of his physical ailment:
“I am 39. I’ll be 40 in a few months,” Nash said. “So you have to adapt your mindset to the new challenge. This is where I’m at. I have to get on top of my body, and I’ve got to let my game come around.
“It’s going to take more patience than usual, and it’s going to take maybe less work and more rest. I really have to check myself a lot as far as my typical approach to things to not overdo and not put myself back because I’m overdoing it or I’m trying for too much.
“This is where I am. I’ve got to accept some of that—and not give an inch when it comes to my belief.”
This may be a day-to-day injury, but it is concerning now that Nash is approaching the twilight of his playing days.
Nash alluded to his most recent performance to defend against the notion that he can't play at a high level in the NBA anymore. Perhaps he has a point, because Nash put up 13 points and six assists with no turnovers in the Lakers' 105-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
It helps that Nash is so familiar with head coach Mike D'Antoni's uptempo offense, which he played in as a member of the Phoenix Suns and collected two league MVP awards in the process.
That showing against the Hawks was his best performance in the early going of the 2013-14 campaign, but Nash's days in LA may be numbered rather soon.
HOOPSWORLD.com's Alex Kennedy cited multiple league sources in reporting that Nash may be on his way to his native Canada in a trade to play for the Toronto Raptors:
Steve Nash is another vet who may be traded this year. I've heard Toronto as a possible landing spot for Nash from multiple league sources.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 4, 2013
Given Nash's familiarity with D'Antoni's system, his experience in being able to mentor young players and the Lakers still being more competitive whenever Kobe Bryant returns, perhaps that talk will die down.
Then again, this injury situation would not only hurt Nash's trade stock, but also his chances of seeing extended, productive minutes for the Lakers moving forward.