LA Lakers star Steve Nash is confident that he can play in tonight’s clash with the Utah Jazz, despite initial fears that he would be sidelined through injury.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Nash revealed after practise yesterday that he was feeling up to the challenge of playing against the Jazz, allaying fears that a recurring issue with nerve irritation would force him out.
The 40-year-old point-guard, who is the oldest player in the NBA, was pulled during the Lakers’ game against the Bulls at the weekend after hitting his knee in the third quarter, and has only managed to play nine times all season.
However Nash himself has revealed that he will be able to help the Lakers when they take on the Jazz at Staples Center tonight.
“Yeah, I can play tomorrow," Nash confirmed.
"It's probably going to flare up from time to time," said Nash of the nerve. "It's still a little irritated, but it's not too bad."
The news will likely relieve Lakers fans, who have been forced to endure a tough season. Multiple injuries to key players have meant that Mike D’Antoni’s franchise have lost far more games than they have won and a loss to the Jazz tonight would be yet another low point in a season of misery.