Unable to Overcome Ongoing Back Issues, Steve Nash to Miss 2014-15 Season

LOS ANGELES — The latest and perhaps last setback of Steve Nash's disappointing tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has come.   

Nash has been ruled out for the 2014-15 NBA season due to recurring nerve damage in his back, according to league sources.

The Lakers later confirmed the news.   

Nash, 40, had said he expects this 19th NBA season to be his final one. But he has not announced his retirement. Nash has not stated an intention of playing for a team away from Los Angeles and his children, saying in March that he would be done if the Lakers used their stretch provision to cut him for salary-cap savings: "That would be it. I'll either be back here or I'll be done."

Now, Nash might try to dream anew of more rest for a full year and one more shot. But his body has simply told him that it isn't up to playing in the NBA, as much as his words have been telling people that he still loves playing and believes he can contribute if allowed.

In a statement released by the Lakers, Nash explained his trials preparing for the season: "Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now. I work very hard to stay healthy and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health." 

Last season, Nash hurt himself getting out of bed. A week ago, he hurt himself carrying his bags. 

Nash has continued to search for a way to shake the nerve issues—undertaking fanatical strengthening workouts at times and resting at others.

This is, at heart, the same person who decided he didn't want to sit out as a teenager, got a buddy to help him cut a cast off his broken arm and played in his league basketball game that night. 

He has also ...

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