Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is still dealing with nerve damage stemming from the fractured left leg.
“I’m still extremely optimistic,” Nash said, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I just think maybe the level of health is different. It is going to be a day-to-day struggle for me, and that’s something I’m up for, though, and I’m optimistic that if I don’t have any freak situations again I can try to get on top on all of these things.
“Really, I’m still fighting things that happened because of the broken leg, with all of the nerve issues. So, it is what it is. I’m optimistic still that I can get to the highest level I can get at this stage. I think if [Sunday] night is an indication, if I can get up another level or two, I’m going to be pretty effective.”
Nash missed 32 games last season because of the leg injury. He is averaging 7.0 points and 5.3 assists against 1.7 turnovers in 24.3 minutes per game this season.
“I still feel that almost every day all over,” Nash said of the nerve discomfort. “It’s not just in that spot [in his left leg]. It’s like the nerve system and nerve roots are on guard. So the whole system in a way is different now. It’s just a little more sensitive, and you face different things because of it. So, freaky, freaky thing, but I can’t complain. I’m still playing basketball and I’m still effective and I can get better physically and my game will come around the more I play.”