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07:33 AM ET 12.20 | A little bit of air came out of the Lakers on Thursday, when it was announced Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks. The injury news for the Lakers didn't get any better regarding Steve Nash. The team also announced Thursday that the veteran point guard -- limited to just six games this season -- will miss an additional four weeks because of nerve root irritation. Nash was re-evaluated during the team's just-completed road trip. ... Nash, meanwhile, hasn't played since Nov. 10. He said Thursday that he felt "pretty close to 100 percent" after practicing for three days earlier this month but that feeling dissipated quickly. The 39-year-old veteran said the goal now is to "take a step back, take a longer sample and try to prove to myself that my back can sustain the game of basketball."

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December 20, 2013  07:39 AM ET

This is a guy who's had a great run. For a 6 - 8 year period, he was one of the best. Argue all you want, but very few have won 2 MVPs, let alone in consecutive years.

Walk away with your head high, Steve!

December 20, 2013  07:49 AM ET

Walk away before your back won't allow you to play with your kids.

December 20, 2013  07:54 AM ET

The Lakers were desperate to sign him in the first place. Never ever sign guys past the age of 35, especially guys whose bodies are already breaking down. I understand why players like too squeeze the last few million dollar contracts out of the NBA before they retire.

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December 20, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Well i called this after the first game he sat out...That we would eventually retire before coming back...Just really see no upside in him coming back for the LAkers...

December 20, 2013  08:14 AM ET

I hope he retires. It's always sad to see a great athletes stick around so long after they should that they draw pity from fans. It's like watching Brett Favre or George Blanda.

Enough already!

December 20, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Don't care if he never returns, he won't make a difference. Dude need to retire and the Lakers need to move on from these "once great" superstars. Move on from Kobe, Gasol, Kaman, and Nash. Follow the Celtics game plan and develop a young roster into dependable, believable players who will one day be the toast of the league.

December 20, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Just RETIRE

December 20, 2013  08:35 AM ET

You Were Never Laker Material, Bro.

December 20, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I hope he retires. It's always sad to see a great athletes stick around so long after they should that they draw pity from fans. It's like watching Brett Favre or George Blanda. Enough already!

George Blanda? Really?

December 20, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Just retire! Your body is telling you to retire. And Kobe should sit out the whole season to heal and get stronger. 6 weeks is too low for a fractured knee. Don't come back to early to prove doubters wrong! Nobody is doubting you !

December 20, 2013  08:54 AM ET

It's over Steve.

December 20, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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George Blanda? Really?

I guess Pop and the Spurs are not getting fined from last night's game because they won. Warriors are just the same team as last year.

December 20, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Just retire! Your body is telling you to retire. And Kobe should sit out the whole season to heal and get stronger. 6 weeks is too low for a fractured knee. Don't come back to early to prove doubters wrong! Nobody is doubting you !

Kobe tried so hard to prove doubters wrong that he ended up proving them right.

He averaged almost 30 minites per game in his short comeback. Not very wise.

December 20, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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I guess Pop and the Spurs are not getting fined from last night's game because they won. Warriors are just the same team as last year.

Pop announced ahead of time those two wouldn't play so it was legal to sit them.

Pop likes to screw up our TNT games,lol.

December 20, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Kobe tried so hard to prove doubters wrong that he ended up proving them right.He averaged almost 30 minites per game in his short comeback. Not very wise.

Ssshhhh! You'll get us killed!

December 20, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Pop announced ahead of time those two wouldn't play so it was legal to sit them.Pop likes to screw up our TNT games,lol.

Man but they still won w/ scrubs! They have the best system! I think Duncan has benefited so much w/ Wino Pop's system. Maybe if he was in another team he would just be a star player and not a superstar.

December 20, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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Man but they still won w/ scrubs! They have the best system! I think Duncan has benefited so much w/ Wino Pop's system. Maybe if he was in another team he would just be a star player and not a superstar.

Yup, the Pop-Duncan connection was as mutually beneficial as the Stockton-Malone combo used to be. Both player and coach enabled each other perfectly.

December 20, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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Ssshhhh! You'll get us killed!

lol

* stands near bunker for safety *

 
December 20, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

George Blanda? Really?

Guy played 26 years. Effective but long, long time...

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