Lakers’ Nash shut down for season

Lakers’ Nash shut down for season

OUT FOR THE SEASON: Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) drives against Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) and point guard Patrick Beverley (2) during the second half at Toyota Center. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has been officially ruled out for the rest of the season, according to a report on the National Basketball Association’s website on Thursday.

The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player played in 10 of the struggling Lakers’ 64 games this season because of a nerve problem in his back.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni closed the door on any chance of the 40-year-old Canadian returning for the last 18 games of what has been a disappointing season for the storied franchise.

“He’s not going to play,” said D’Antoni, whose Lakers are in second-last place in the 15-team Western Conference with a 22-42 record.

Nash’s last game was in early February when he played nearly 17 minutes against the Utah Jazz before sitting out the second half. He had two points and two assists in the game.

The point guard joined the Lakers ahead of the 2012-13 NBA season, part of a core group that was being counted on to return the franchise to its previous glory.

The news comes one day after the Lakers said hobbled five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was being shut down for the season.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Tigers still No. 1, Oklahoma up to third


The 12-0 Tigers picked up 53 of the 61 first-place votes after holding off South Carolina.

in National

Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways


Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill for a two- to three-week sprint to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes.

in Sports

Broncos spoil Patriots’ perfect record with OT win


Recognizing the run play that was called likely would go nowhere against the New England Patriots' defensive alignment, Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler audibled to a different one. The result was electric.

in Sports

Kobe Bryant retiring


Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player of his generation, announced on Sunday he will retire after the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season.

in Sports

Monday’s Sports Minute


Here's a look at some of the big sports headlines making news today, Monday, Nov. 30.