Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash played Sunday for the first time in nine games, he is trying to recover from nerve damage in his right hamstring caused by a right hip injury, and says he will have to just fight through “some soreness and some pain.”
“I’m not worried about the soreness,” Nash said via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “It just is what it is. I’m going to have to fight through some soreness and some pain and I’m not going to be able to move as well as I would like, but I’m going to have to make the most of it and do what I can to help.”
Despite all that, Nash scored 16 points and had three assists and one turnover in Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs.
“I think some of the shots I got if I was moving well were good looks for me,” Nash said. “I tried to just make some points for the team, create some offense, distribute, lead and try to defend my guy and help the team.”
The 39-year-old Nash, who has two years and $19.5 million remaining on his contract, is not thinking about retirement.
“Not even close,” Nash said. “When I was healthy this year, I felt really good. I think still, for the amount of opportunities I got on this team, I think still I was just as efficient as I’ve always been.”
Nash has missed 32 games this season with the Lakers because of various injuries.
Nash said he will continue to fight for his teammates and wants to create some “happy times” for the team.
“I love to play and I love this team,” Nash said. “I want to fight for these guys and be a part of this team having some happy times. We’ve had a lot of down days and we’ve stuck with it. . . . We’ve had a lot of ups and downs and a lot of tough nights, so I want to turn that around and be a part of helping these guys enjoy this.”