Steve Nash has looked good so far this pre season, dropping some signature Nash passes and helping the Lakers offense flow as he's best at under a D'Antoni system. Unfortunately, it looks like some of the injury issues from last year are already creeping up as Nash has injured his ankle and will miss some time.
Although coach Mike D'Antoni says he's not concerned about the ankle and doesn't think it will affect Nash too much through the season, the oldest player in the league makes reference to this possibly lingering throughout the year.
The Lakers point guard missed the final three quarters of the team’s 104-86 preseason loss Thursday to the Sacramento Kings at MGM Grand Garden Arena because of a sore left ankle after struggling loosen it up during pre-game warmups. Nash described the injury as a “minor thing,” though Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni suggested it could linger throughout the season.
“I’m not concerned,” D’Antoni said. “I think this will happen on and off on all year. But he’s going to give you a good season and good stuff. But we have to take care of him.” [...]
“I think today was more of an unfortunate day than a real problem,” Nash said. “It could linger throughout the season, but I don’t expect that to be the case. I hope in a month, I can put it behind me. It’s a little bit of a dance because I need this time to prepare. At the same time, you don’t want to pound the ankle to where I’m not able to function.”
The health of Nash, Pau Gasol, and especially Kobe Bryant has been called into question this year, with obviously good cause, and that is the reason many are doubting the Lakers can win many games. If they start losing guys to key injuries expect a big shakeup, or for them to actually enter tank-mode for this apparently stacked Draft Class.