The pre-season is a good chance for NBA players to boost their fitness a bit, test out new offensive plays and just get in the groove of playing again before the start of a testing 82 game season.
It is not however, a time where players should be carrying on from where they left off last year when it comes to the injury department. And unfortunately for LA Lakers fans, that is exactly what one of their star players has done.
Along with Kobe Bryant who spent of last season on the sidelines, Steve Nash was another Lakers veteran that spent longer on the treatment table than he did actually on the hardwood. And it seems like that trend could be continuing into 2014/15.
According to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, Nash apparently asked head coach Byron Scott to take him out of the game last night as the point guard "just did not feel right."
A damaged nerve in his back has hampered Nash ever since he was acquired by the Lakers from the Phoenix Suns two seasons ago. The veteran finally believed he would be healthy enough to be a consistent performer this year but that doesn't look like being the case.
This is undoubtedly Nash's last year in his esteemed career so he was working hard to make in the off-season to make sure it was a good one. Now, this obviously doesn't mean that the year is a write-off for Nash but it can't be good for the next 82 games if he is struggling after a couple of pre-season exhibitions.