As if the Los Angeles Lakers need more bad news, their new starting point guard, Steve Nash, has a small non-displaced fracture in the head of his fibula (or left leg). This knocks him out of action for a minimum of one week.
This is not the news that the Lakers need right now. Even though Nash has looked tentative or lost in the offense so far, he’s easily the best point guard on the team. The Lakers are 0-3 so far and they don’t need any more bad news to add to their struggles.
Steve Nash injured his leg in Portland last Wednesday in the second quarter in a game against the Trail Blazers. His leg got tangled up with Blazers rookie Damian Lillard. At first, he thought he could play through it but the pain was too much for him. Nash was ultimately taken out after his second attempt of playing through it proved futile.
Nash is only averaging 4.5 points and 4 assists in two games this season so far. He was drafted by Phoenix in 1996 with the 15th overall pick, two picks after his new teammate, Kobe Bryant. Nash was then traded after a two-year stint to Dallas where he formed a formidable trio with Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki. In 2004, he returned to Phoenix through free agency where he won two straight Most Valuable Player awards in his second Phoenix go-round. After eight years with the Suns (ten years overall), he was traded to the Lakers for draft picks as the Suns opted to rebuild and the Lakers opted to reload.
Steve Blake, who also started Friday night, will continue to start in Nash’s place. Darius Morris and Chris Duhon will be vying for back-up minutes.