Steve Nash Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Status and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 1, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Mark J. Terrill

Updates from Friday, April 11

L.A. Daily News reporter Mark Medina reports Nash is probably out for Friday's game:

Updates from Wednesday, April 9

Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding and ESPN's Dave McMenamin report that Nash suffered a setback in Tuesday night's game:

Updates from Friday, April 4

Mike Trudell of provides an update on Steve Nash:

Updates from Wednesday, April 2

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News provides a synopsis of Steve Nash discussing his injury status:

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Steve Nash just can't stay healthy. 

The Los Angeles Lakers' veteran point guard played for just 11 minutes during Tuesday night's contest against the Portland Trail Blazers before suffering his newest injury—a sprained left ankle. 

According to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan, Nash is questionable to return: reporter Mike Trudell would later note Nash's return in the second half:

But, Trudell also noted that Nash would leave the game again:

Trudell also provided an update after the game:

After missing a majority of the first three months of the season with a back injury, Nash returned only to suffer a nerve irritation in his leg that has held him out for several more games. Entering Tuesday, he had played in just 12 of the Lakers' 73 games, averaging 21.6 minutes per contest. 

You have to feel for Nash, as he has played well in limited action and was doing so again against the Blazers, as Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding noted:

Nash is under contract for another season with the Lakers, but retirement is clearly on the horizon, which even he admitted, via USA Today's Paul Coro:

Next year is not guaranteed. You never know what will happen with my back and the situation with the team. I just want to play a little bit in case I don't get to play again.

The interesting thing for me is I feel I can play at a really high level. I just haven't been able to prove that I can sustain it. When I'm moving well, I feel like I'm not far off from where I was my last year in Phoenix. It just takes its toll on me.

It's hard to watch Nash, a two-time MVP and one of the most enjoyable point guards to watch during his prime, go through the final stretch of his career like this. 

Hopefully he is able to get healthy over the summer and provide one more season as a valuable role player.