Lakers News: Latest on Jeremy Lin Injury, Steve Nash and More

The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of work to do if they are to rehabilitate their image as one of the premier franchises in the NBA. In order to do that, they may have to rehabilitate their point guards, as a spate of injuries plagues this team just weeks before it is set to start the season on Oct. 28 against the Houston Rockets.

Offseason arrival Jeremy Lin sprained his left ankle during a team practice on Saturday, per Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times. 

On Sunday, Steve Nash asked out of the Lakers' 116-75 loss to the Golden State Warriors after logging 12 minutes of play and didn't return, per Arash Markazi of

“We talked a little bit before the game, and he said he just wasn’t feeling quite right. But he wanted to play, he wanted to give it a try,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said, per Markazi. “After the first quarter he said, ‘Coach, you know what, I’m done.'"

Lin's injury and this unsettling news comes on the heels of the Friday announcement that rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson will be out for at least one week with a calf strain, per the Associated Press (h/t Boston Herald).

Lin's ailment doesn't appear to be a major cause for concern, and Scott has left open the possibility he could play in the Lakers' Oct. 16 preseason bout against the Utah Jazz.

"He's a little ginger," Byron Scott said on Monday, per Pincus. "He said it feels a lot better today than it did yesterday. Thursday is going to be pretty much a game-time decision. I think he'll feel better by Thursday."

Every injury is indeed untimely, but the ramifications of these injuries—and the apparent handle-with-care policy for the 40-year-old Nash—could extend beyond the preseason for a Lakers squad that is trying to gel with a new head coach (Scott), several new faces (Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Lin among o...

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