Mar 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and point guard Steve Nash (10) in the second half of the game against the Washington Wizards at the Staples Center. Wizards won 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash likely done for season


What was once thought as a dream pairing turned into a nightmare very quickly. On Monday, Mike D’Antoni spoke on the returns, or lack thereof, of superstar Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, and neither outlook was too optimistic.

 

 

 

Both have been on and off the court all season, with Bryant returning from an Achilles injury only to fracture a bone in his knee. Nash’s battle has been more publicized as he’s fought nerve issues all season in an effort to get back to the court. In total, the two have played just 16 games combined this year.

 

Bryant’s injury had a return date of early to mid February, but many setbacks and prolonged healing have led to his current status. With the season lost and nothing to fight for other than pride and draft positioning, it makes sense to sit Bryant and get him back to full health.

 

For Nash, his career as a Laker may very well be done. With a cap hit of over $9 million next year, the Lakers are likely to release Nash and use the stretch provision, lowering his cap hit to roughly $3 million dollars. Nash, who turned 40 last month, is already the oldest player in the league and is unlikely to play elsewhere if LA releases him.

Tags: Injury Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers NBA Rehab Return Steve Nash

  • J Taylor

    Kobe will return. – Probably for the last 10 games or so.
    He needs to get back on the court and learn what he can do now as “Old Kobe.” Then he can go into the summer and train accordingly. Also, the team needs to see a full team so that they can evaluate what to do in the off-season.

    But,
    Kobe (and the team) are smart enough to keep Kobe off the roster so that he doesn’t win games and ruin the draft. – A “slow” return with 15 games left, would be a good way of minimizing Kobe’s impact on the win/loss column while getting a better look-see at what they really have in terms of next season’s team.

    Nash on the other hand….
    He isn’t part of the long term, and will almost certainly be cut (and stretched). There is no point to playing him anymore, especially when the goal is a top-3 pick.

    • Jim213

      Doesn’t matter if Kobe returns b/c this group lacked cohesion when he was on the court as he struggled to return to NBA form (injury). But FO has to do what’s best for business when it comes to Nash tho Kupcake’s mentioned his belief in being unethical to do otherwise (Nash, stretch provision)?