Los Angeles Lakers star Steve Nash continues to be plagued by injuries in the latter stages of his career and now a daily routine activity has sidelined the point guard for the upcoming game with the Utah Jazz.
At the ripe old age of 40, Nash continues to be troubled with back issues that have marred his Lakers career thus far, the veteran point guard missed practice on Wednesday and will not play Thursday after further aggravating a long-standing back issue.
The injury occurred at his Manhattan beach home according to Los Angeles Times who reported that Nash tweaked his back carrying some bags around his house.
Head coach Byron Scott explained the injury to the Los Angeles Times, he said: "Steve, today, kind of hurt his back, He had a little bit of a setback, just kind of carrying some bags or something. He [felt] a twinge in his back."
Oldest backcourt in the NBA
Nash currently holds the title of the oldest active player in today's NBA, his 18 year career at the professional level has only been spent with three teams, the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and now with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The game's oldest backcourt could be boasted by the Lakers this season with Nash and teammate Kobe Bryant at the guard spots, however Scott has mentioned that Jeremy Lin could take over starting point guard duties.
Nash who keeps himself in remarkable shape through rigorous muscle workouts has found it hard to stay off the treatment table in Los Angeles, his two year stint has unearthed spates of back, knee and hamstring injuries which has seen him start only 60 games in two seasons.
Scott also mentioned the process of inserting Lin into the starting line-up, he explained:
"I have no doubt in my mind that if I went to Steve and said tomorrow, 'You know what, I'm going to start Jeremy and the games that you're available, we're going bring you off the bench,' he's such a professional that I don't think it would be a problem whatsoever,"
Battling father time
This is what 40-years-old could be like for Nash in the NBA, the eight-time All-Star and two-time MVP is clinging to the final years of his storied career.
His battle with age and injury has lent itself to a short documentary following the trails and tribulations of Nash last season with the Knicks.
'The Finish Line' was established by the Grantland network who followed Nash closely to explore the thoughts of an NBA legend as he continues to fight against the grind of the league into his 40's.