On Thursday, Steve Nash participated in his first full-contact practice since suffering a leg fracture early in the season.
Former Laker and ABC/ESPN analyst Magic Johnson thinks Nash will make a significant impact on the Lakers.
"They need a leader out there. They need a floor leader, and Steve Nash is one of the greatest that's ever done it in terms of point guard," Johnson said. "I think the point guards that the Lakers are having now, they are so inconsistent and then they don't know how to really lead the guys. But when Steve comes back, he can do that."
The Lakers have struggled to start the season, losing 14 of their first 26 games.
"[Nash] will make [Pau] Gasol better and Dwight Howard better. He knows how to work the pick and roll; he's a master at the pick and roll. So I think he'll give them a lot of easy buckets. And then I think the team will feel better about themselves and I think they need that right now, and probably make Coach D'Antoni's job a lot easier, as well."
It's unclear whether Nash will play Saturday as the Lakers visit the Golden State Warriors. The ABC Christmas debut may be more "realistic," according to Nash.