Steve Nash has missed more time than expected following the small break he suffered in his left leg early in November, and it appears it'll be a little while longer before he's back on the court for the Lakers. Nash told David Leon Moore of USA Today that he expects it to be "at least another two weeks" before he can play again, while Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the veteran point guard is expected to return by month's end.
According to Spears, the delay in Nash's return is partly due to nerve irritation in his left leg. Sources tell Spears that Nash's fractured fibula has healed well, but that the nerve irritation surfaced while he was rehabbing the leg, causing pain whenever he put pressure on it.
Nash's return is of utmost importance for the Lakers, since the team is stuck in a holding pattern of sorts in the meantime. Given Nash's crucial role in Mike D'Antoni's offense, the Lakers have insisted that they won't consider making any major changes to the roster until they see how the team plays with the 38-year-old at the point.
"I'm curious to see how the team gets through the next two or three weeks until Steve gets back," GM Mitch Kupchak told Mark Medina (link via Long Beach Press-Telegram). "Once he gets back, then I'm curious to see how he fits in with everybody."