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February 12, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Steve Nash has had a tough time since signing with the Lakers before the 2012-13 season. A host of injuries have reduced him to a shadow of his former self. Is it time for him to just step aside and retire? On Tuesday, he left after playing only 17 minutes against the Utah Jazz because of discomfort in his leg and back. Nash has played in 60 of a possible 134 games for the Lakers, and his injuries the last two seasons read like a bad episode of "Grey's Anatomy": broken leg, stiff neck, sore ankle, painful hip, irritated hamstring, bad back, lame knee.
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April 26, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is featured in a commercial for Panini, a sports and entertainment collectibles company. Emphasizing his love of soccer growing up in Italy before he played basketball, Bryant says in the commercial, "Before I was a baller, I was a baller. " The Lakers All-Star guard also made a cameo in a recent Nike soccer commercial Bryant told GQ magazine his favorite soccer team is A.C. Milan. "Milan has always been my favorite team, and it's always in my heart," Bryant said.
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July 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Immediately after landing in Los Angeles, the spotlight followed Steve Nash. TMZ approached him moments after he exited the plane. Nash greeted a large media contingent Wednesday in his introductory news conference as a Laker. And he's continuing to make parodies spoofing various super hero and action movies. The latest is titled "The Bourne Laker," which features unnamed people grilling him on his background. I'm still awaiting confirmation if the interrogators included Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
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April 20, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA has raised its salary-cap projection for the 2014-15 season from $62.9 million to $63.2 million. The current salary cap for the 2013-14 season is $58.7 million. The new cap number, which won't officially be set until the NBA completes its annual audit in early July, would represent a climb of $4.5 million. The Lakers could have a maximum of $28.2 million in cap space to spend this off-season, provided they renounce the rights to all their free agents, which allows the club to stretch out the final $9.7 million of Steve Nash's contract over three years (at just over $3.2 million a season)
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July 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With a mouthful of grapes, Steve Nash somehow provides a great impersonation of Marlon Brando's Don Corleone in his latest video spoofing "The Godfather. " It appears to be the latest example of Nash overcoming the odds. After all, he somehow managed to accept a Keystone Light recently from a Lakers fan driving on the opposite lane of the 110 Freeway. Nash helped convince the Phoenix Suns to trade him to a Pacific Division rival in the Lakers. And even at 38 years old, Nash remains one of the league's best point guards.
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July 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Steve Nash entices the Lakers because he's a man of many talents. He can pass. He can shoot. He makes his teammates better. He makes playing basketball more fun. Nash also has enticed the Laker fan base because he's a man of many impersonations. He mimicked Christian Bale's acting in the recent Batman trilogy. He perfectly imitated Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone character in "The Godfather. " He reenacted a "Star Wars" light-saber battle with former Suns teammate Jared Dudley. And in the latest movie spoof, Nash repeats Morgan Freeman's soliloquy in "The Shawshank Redemption . " " The first night's the toughest, no doubt about it," Nash said while stuck in a dog cage.
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December 20, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Steve Nash worked through his first full-contact practice with the Lakers since suffering a non-displaced leg fracture in the second game of the season.  The Lakers have struggled since, losing 14 of their first 26 games, currently 12th in the Western Conference. The team originally had hoped that Nash would be out just a few weeks after the injury but nerve irritation kept him sidelined. After Thursday morning's practice, Nash said, "It felt pretty good.  It went well.  Maybe I felt a little bit better than I thought I'd feel, but we'll see how it feels in the morning.  It's obviously a big barometer.
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November 4, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers will try to win without Steve Nash, however long it takes. The team said Nash would be out at least one week because of a small fracture in the head of the fibula of his left leg, though that type of injury could take three or four weeks to heal. He won't play tonight against Detroit, Wednesday against Utah or Friday against Golden State. Nash was injured last Wednesday when he was kneed by a Portland player while turning to run down court. The Lakers initially thought it was a bruised shin but an MRI exam a few days later revealed the fracture.
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July 4, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Steve Nash is reportedly coming to the Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal that would pay him more than $25 million over the next three years while the Phoenix Suns would get draft picks and cash. The Lakers, who are over the salary cap, can absorb Nash's contract with the trade exception they received when sending Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks last season. The deal will not become official until July 11, when a 10-day moratorium on NBA business that started on July 1 is lifted.
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November 16, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers announced that point guard Steve Nash will miss "at least another week" with a nondisplaced leg fracture. Nash was injured in the second game of the season in Portland on Oct 31. Since Nash's injury, the team has fired Coach Mike Brown and hired Mike D'Antoni in his place.  Reserve point guard Steve Blake is also out with an abdominal strain. The timeline on Blake's return remains unclear as well. Interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff has relied on second-year guard Darius Morris to start with his top-two point guards out. Veteran Chris Duhon has backed up Morris, but Bickerstaff even turned to Kobe Bryant against the San Antonio Spurs (in a close loss)
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO -- Mike D'Antoni might coach his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday night. Or he might be back next season for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It's the biggest subplot of a Lakers' off-season sure to feature some twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers limped through Week 24, dropping three more games to see their losing streak grow to seven. Naturally, the week began with injury news: Xavier Henry was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair both his knee and his wrist, sidelining him for much of the off-season . Kent Bazemore was also declared out for the remainder of season with a torn foot tendon . In a rare on-court highlight, Steve Nash ...
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April 9, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Steve Nash wasn't exactly jumping up and down after moving up third on the NBA's all-time assists list during Tuesday's 145-130 loss to Houston. "It was a relief, to be honest," said Nash, a two-time league MVP. "I kind of just wanted to get it out of the way because I didn't want it hanging over my head or my teammates' heads, so it was nice to get it done. " It happened on a pass to Jodie Meeks for a dunk with 2 minutes 13 seconds left in the first half. Nash entered the game with 10,330 career assists, just four behind Mark Jackson's 10,334.  His pass to Meeks moved Nash to 10,335, now behind only John Stockton's 15,806 and Jason Kidd's 12,091.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Nash will play Tuesday against Houston even though his back might flare up any moment and the Lakers have been eliminated from playoff contention for almost four weeks. He thinks he knows why. Nash is only five assists shy of taking over third place on the NBA's all-time list. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni is aware of it too. "I think Mike really wants me to get this assist thing out of the way, which now I'd really like to get out the way too, frankly, because it's kind of out there in the air and everyone's kind of talking about it in L.A.," Nash said Tuesday.
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April 8, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Tuesday night, Steve Nash overcame Mark Jackson on the NBA's all-time assist list, dishing a pass to Jodie Meeks for a dunk with 2 minutes 13 seconds left in the first half as the Lakers battled the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Nash entered the game with 10,330 career assists, just four behind Jackson's 10,334.  His pass to Meeks moved Nash to 10,335. John Stockton tops the list at 15,806, and Jason Kidd is second with 12,091. The Staples Center crowd gave Nash a standing ovation as his accomplishment was trumpeted by public-address announcer Lawrence Tanter.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It came during a pause in the national anthem, loud and clear. “Fire D'Antoni!” was the yell from a single fan before the Lakers played Houston on Tuesday. Don't tell that to Steve Nash, who came to the defense of Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni earlier in the day. “With the amount of injuries and the rebuilding and the evaluating different players, I don't know that any coach is going to be real successful this season,” Nash said. “John Wooden is not going to be dealt a great hand with all the change and injuries we've had. You look at it every week, someone else goes down.” The Lakers will take their time evaluating D'Antoni.
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March 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It will sound familiar to Lakers fans. Steve Nash is a game-time decision Sunday against the Orlando Magic because of recurring nerve damage in his back that presents itself as weakness in his hamstrings. Nash, who turned 40 last month, had 11 assists in 19 minutes Friday in the Lakers' 117-107 loss to Washington. He also had five points and took four rebounds but had to leave with 2:14 to go when his irritated nerve acted up. "It's the same problem he's had," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Saturday.
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July 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Long before the free agency madness begins, the Lakers' front office puts together a list. General Manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss rank the players they covet once July 1 hits. It doesn't matter whether the Lakers can afford the player. It doesn't matter whether he is interested. No free agency signing or trade happens without Kupchak first picking up the phone. So even with Steve Nash proclaiming publicly he couldn't envision himself joining the Lakers, Kupchak recalled Buss providing a stern reminder.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Steve Nash suggested on Friday afternoon that the Lakers might shut him down after he played against the Dallas Mavericks that evening. In 19 minutes, Nash scored four points and had seven assists, leaving him four assists from surpassing Mark Jackson for third place on the NBA's list of career assist leaders. John Stockton tops the list with 15,806 assists. Jason Kidd is second with 12,091. With five assists, Nash (10,330) can pass Jackson (10,334). Following the 107-95 loss to the Mavericks, Coach Mike D'Antoni suggested that Nash will get the opportunity to see additional minutes if his body is up to the challenge.
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April 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Nash will play a 14th game this season. It probably will be his last. Nash will suit up for the Lakers Friday night against Dallas and then be done for the rest of the season, according to the team's most recent plan. "This could be it tonight," Nash said Friday morning. He won't play Sunday afternoon against the Clippers because it closely resembles the type of back-to-back situations Nash has avoided all season. Jordan Farmar is expected to return on Tuesday from a groin injury, meaning Nash will leave the ball-handling duties to Kendall Marshall and Farmar for the final handful of games.
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