Los Angeles Lakers — Steve Nash suffered a fracture early in the 2012-13 regular season and never really got himself right, ailing throughout most of the season. As the legendary point guard looks at a brighter 2013-14 campaign, he might see his minutes limited by the training staff.
Los Angeles Lakers head athletic trainer Gary Vitti recently did an extensive interview for the Lakers official homepage, discussing one of the tougher seasons for the franchise injury-wise. Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake and just about every other player on the roster was hurt at some point during the year. Vitti suggests that Nash might be more effective if his minutes are cut down:
But I think he’s going to come back in great shape, and then it’s all about how he’s used. You don’t want to beat him up in practice. Save it for the game, figure out the appropriate minutes that put him in a successful situation. The example I use is Robert Horry, where we played him a lot of minutes, and it was difficult for him to recover and be productive at his age. But he goes to San Antonio, plays 18 minutes a game, and the guy was an unbelievable force off the bench for them. I think if we figure out how best to use Steve, he can be the same way.
Thanks to not playing a particularly athletic brand of basketball and mostly relying on his craftiness with the ball, Nash managed to stay relatively healthy even at a respectable age. However, he is 39 years old and his body is clearly giving up on him. He played in 50 regular season games this season, which marks the least regular season appearances for the Canadian since the 1998-99 season. Clearly, limiting him to a certain amount of minutes will be necessary next year.