LAS VEGAS -- Steve Nash left the Lakers’ exhibition game against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night in the first quarter after failing to get his left ankle loose.
He can only hope it’s not a season-long issue.
The veteran point guard disclosed after the Lakers’ 104-86 defeat at MGM Grand Garden Arena that his ankle has bothered him since about a week before the start of training camp.
“Tonight was just one of those nights that for whatever reason it just wasn’t moving freely and I couldn’t get it to loosen up and it started to get worse,” said Nash, who went scoreless with two assists in only eight minutes. “I don’t want any setbacks so we called it, and I’ll just try to make sure I can get it right for the subsequent days before our next exhibition game.”
Nash said he hoped to play Tuesday when the Lakers open their two-game trip to China with an exhibition against the Golden State Warriors in Beijing.