Steve Nash Injury: Updates on Lakers Star’s Status and Return

Updates from Sunday, March 23

Mike Turdell of provides a synopsis of Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni discussing Steve Nash's injury status following his return on Friday:

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Steve Nash may be 40 years old and fighting through injuries, but he is refusing to give up on his NBA career despite all he's accomplished. Even with the Los Angeles Lakers enduring a down season, Nash is opting to return to the floor Friday against the Washington Wizards.

The Lakers announced the development, which bolsters a thin Lakers rotation that doesn't have much left to play for in the 2013-14 campaign as it is:

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported Thursday that Nash would return to the lineup—five weeks after being knocked out of action with a back injury. Wojnarowski noted that Nash would back up Kendall Marshall, who is the only other healthy point guard on the roster.

It was initially thought that Nash would be lost for the season, yet he's still gutting it out and trying to helped the storied franchise salvage some semblance of respectability as the Lakers lurk near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

Grantland has been documenting Nash's road to recovery amid the twilight of his playing days, and Nash generated controversy by saying he would play out the last year of his contract through next season for financial reasons, per's Ben Golliver:

It’s just a reality. I’m not going to retire because I want the money. It’s honest. We want honest athletes, but at the same time, you’re going to have people out there saying "He’s so greedy. He’s made x amount of money and he has to take this last little bit." Yes, I do, have to take that last little bit. I’m sorry if that is frustrating to some but if they were in my shoes they would do exactly the same t...

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