Steve Nash receives backlash from Lakers fans after ill-timed Instagram video

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in a bad place right now. A roster already devoid of talent going into the season has been hit by injuries and the famous franchise is still yet to register a win five games into the 2014-15 campaign.

Difficult times

Going 0-5 for the first time in the 'Kobe era' the Lakers have been found wanting on the court and hope that a Bryant-inspired team could perform above expectations this season is quickly fading.

As such it is fair to say the mood isn't great down at the Staples Center and with tensions high one Lakers player was on the receiving end of the fans' wrath following what some saw as an ill-thought out video post to Instagram.

Swinging for trouble

41-year-old veteran Steve Nash uploaded a short video earlier this week showing himself hitting a golf shot at a driving range. 

Nash was of course, last month, ruled out for the season by the Lakers due to a persistent nerve issue in his back. The video showing him participating in some form of sport has therefore since led to somewhat of a backlash from a section of Lakers fans.

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Some claimed that it proved the injury was a fake.

Many others meanwhile lambasted Nash for his inability to get out on the court for the struggling Lakers over the past couple of years - using some choice language to show their dissatisfaction.

Their frustrations had been growing with the former Phoenix Suns star in recent times, with Nash having posted a number of other images showing him playing soccer and hiking.

With Nash earning over $9 million this season despite looking set never to register a touch in an NBA game you can possibly see why some fans may take exception to the video footage.

Everybody relax

Nash's struggles with injuries during the latter stages of his career have been well documented and his desire to carry on playing was on display in the recent Grantland series.

To suggest that he is simply opting out of playing in what is in all likelihood his final year as a pro player would then seem far-fetched. Plus last time we checked, the impact on your back playing golf is not quite the same as that brought about by the intense nature of top level basketball.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott was asked his thoughts on the situation today and he had a simple message for Lakers fans upset with Nash's antics.

"It probably doesn’t look good [publicly], but Jesus Christ, relax," Scott told the Los Angeles Times.

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