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07:26 AM ET 10.25 | For now, there are a few cracks in the optimism for 39-year-old Steve Nash's strong start to the season. With the regular season set to tip off in less than a week, some of Nash's teammates are starting to wonder when, or even if, they'll have the full services of the surefire Hall of Famer in their lineup this season. ... [Mike D'Antoni] said Nash was able to make it through a full practice Thursday but cautioned that he could hold Nash out of the preseason finale Friday in Anaheim. If Nash doesn't play Friday, does he think he will be ready for the regular-season opener Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers? "I do, I do," Nash said. "I played the last game even though I probably shouldn't have, trying to get a little extra rhythm and some reps. By the end of the week, I should feel better."

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October 25, 2013  07:39 AM ET

I never thought I'd say this but the Lakers are a bit of a mess.

October 25, 2013  07:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I never thought I'd say this but the Lakers are a bit of a mess.

Bit or a whole lot!

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October 25, 2013  08:31 AM ET

It's Not Lovely In Lakerland, Bros.

October 25, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I never thought I'd say this but the Lakers are a bit of a mess.

Then you're a little bit late to the party. They've been a mess since they hired Uncle Dumbtonie. Or maybe further than that when Jimboy was in charge.

October 25, 2013  09:08 AM ET

CP3 is licking his chops hoping Nash will play.........

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October 25, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Every PG in the West is licking his chops hoping Nash will play.........

Correction

October 25, 2013  10:17 AM ET

I've always liked Nash, but it may be time to go out with class. Nobody outruns FatherTime. The Lakers suck, and even a healthy Nash won't make much difference.

October 25, 2013  10:18 AM ET

Lakers should use the Lemon law in CA with Nash. smh

Too bad, Nash is a HoF but he is just too old and his body is just asking for a nice long rest. He should retire at the end of the season if he misses too many games again.

October 25, 2013  10:20 AM ET

He'll be dealt by the deadline or in the offseason. The Raptors make the most sense since he is the Canadian national team's GM.

October 25, 2013  10:21 AM ET

http://espn.go.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/7904743/steve-nash-phoen ix-suns-become-gm-canada-basketball

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October 25, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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if he retires-would you guys be the only team in history to have ZERO players under contract before the season starts? someone check on that !

Talk about clean slate.....
Yeah, I think he will come to terms if he really misses too many games. He seems to be a honest guy, so he will figure it out sooner than later.

October 25, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Trade for JLin, rekindle Linsanity in LA with D'Antoni, PnR with Pau, set up Kobe for easier shots, JLin learns the fine points from HoFer SNash

October 25, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Lakers need to start looking past the old: kobe and nash, and start looking towards the future.
Right now you have Kaman, Kobe with a rebuilt achilles and the incredibly old and fragile Nash as starters.

That right that is scary.

October 25, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Lakers need to start looking past the old: kobe and nash, and start looking towards the future.Right now you have Kaman, Kobe with a rebuilt achilles and the incredibly old and fragile Nash as starters. That right that is scary.

The Lakers like the Celtics always re-tool and come back for title runs. A season or two to rid themselves of the flotsam and they should be good to go. That is the difference between well run organizations and the crap that sinks to the bottom of the bowl.

October 25, 2013  11:21 AM ET

The Lakers were caught up with Nash's past performances and thought he could contribute in the same way that he performed throughout his years previous. Actually, he's 39-40 years old and you don't get better as you get older your skills begin to slowly retire itself. This will happen to Kobe also, maybe at a more accelerated pace considering he's coming back from an achilles injury. The best thing for the Lakers to do is move on and plan as if Nash is not there, allowing Farmar to assume more of a leadership role and begin to phase Nash and Kobe out. It's not fair to hold the younger players hostage believing that Nash and Kobe will lead them any where this season or seasons to come. Nash need to give it up, he will not acquire an NBA championship during his playing days; it's over and that's the fact.

October 25, 2013  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No Nash = no playoffs

No Nash Yes Nash = No playoffs
No Kobe Yes Kobe = No playoffs
2013-2014 Lakers = No playoffs. not even close

 
October 25, 2013  11:50 AM ET

I'll save you the time in following the Lakers this season. Here goes:
- Nash and the team start out slow. much rumbling.
- Nash gels with his teammates. Role players step up. They go on a streak. everyone is giddy.
- Kobe comes back. All is destroyed. Slump ensues
- Team develops a new, calamitous, self-destructive identity
- Playoffs are missed, laker nation is officially eclipsed by clipper nation

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