The LA Lakers have suffered a big blow to their hopes of returning to the post-season next year after their former NBA all-star Steve Nash has been ruled out of the entire season.
We are just days away from the new NBA season getting under way and all the questions are circulating about just who will make it to the Finals next year?
The Lakers missed out on the post-season last year by a large margin and their biggest stars will be hoping for a quick return after such a disastrous campaign last year.
The Lakers went 27-55 last season and were the second worst team in the Western Conference ahead of the Utah Jazz.
However it was announced Friday Night that Nash would be missing the season after a constant string of back injuries.
About to enter his 19th season in the NBA, Nash's career is now in doubt after only playing in three pre-season games this year and injuring his back whilst carrying travel bags a few days ago.
"Being on the court this season has been my top priority, and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now," - Steve Nash
It is a real shame for the two time NBA MVP who expressed his disappointment in having t miss out on the upcoming season.
It may arguably have been Nash's final chance to reach the play-offs which now may have slipped through his fingers.
Nash's appearances for the Lakers have been very limited since the team traded four draft picks for him in 2012.
He has played only 65 games since his arrival and only managed 15 appearances throughout last season.
Crucial time for Los Angeles
It has been a turbulent time for the Lakers in recent years, as their star player in Kobe Bryant is facing mounting criticism and last years disastrous season have not gone down well in California.
All eyes will be on the Lakers this year to see if they can complete a turn around and gain a higher finish than they did last year.
Sandwiched between the Jazz and Sacramento Kings last season they were in unfamiliar company come the end of the regular season.
The Lakers start the season next week at home to the Houston Rockets - a team who last year reached the play-offs and it will be a stern test for the Lakers to start the season.
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