Steve Nash: How Kobe Bryant Is Affected by His Injury

When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns this past summer, there were mixed reactions in the basketball world.

Many Canadian basketball fans were hoping Nash would return to his home country and play for the Toronto Raptors. When that didn't happen, fans across the continent expressed outrage upon hearing the news.

"He was seriously considering retiring so he could remain close to his children," said Nash's agent Bill Duffy. "We had to twist his arm to have an open mind. He didn't want to be away from his children, and this allows him to be in a competitive situation, and even though it's a rival, he wanted Phoenix to get some value back. It's a win-win," Duffy told USA TODAY Sports.

In his Lakers debut against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center, Nash wasn't able to produce as much as he would have liked. He put up just seven points, four assists and two rebounds in an unexpected defeat.

On Halloween night, facing the Portland Trail Blazers, Nash was forced to leave the game with a leg injury. The injury must have occurred during a small collision with Portland's Damian Lillard and ESPN reports the injury as a contusion of the left leg. In other words, it's a deep bruise.

But Nash is tough; he's played through some gruesome injuries before.

Given that Nash is now 38 years old, any injury at this point in his career is not good news. Fortunately for Lakers fans, it doesn't sound as though it will keep him out of the lineup for long.

Nash had originally returned to the game after briefly leaving following the contact with Lillard. But just over a minute into the second half, it became obvious he was in some considerable discomfort.

The Lakers gave up first-round picks in 2013 and 2015 and second-round picks in 2013 and 2014, plus $3 million in cash to receive Nash's services. But let's not forget ab...

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