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Lakers’ Steve Nash Dealing with Pain Despite Return to the Court

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Even though the Los Angeles are more than happy to have point guard Steve Nash back in the lineup, he admits that he's playing with pain and still dealing with nerve damage.

Nash had been dealing with a foot injury that has hampered him since last season. He missed 32 games during the regular season as well as two playoff games after receiving several epidurals at an attempt to help alleviate pain in his hip and groin, all of which stemmed from his leg injury.

Now, he's dealing with nerve damage as an after effect of the injury. Despite the issues, he still plans to keep playing.

"I'm still extremely optimistic," Nash said. "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 of all these things."

The 39-year-old Nash is in his 18th NBA season, second with the Lakers.

In his career, Nash has averaged 14.4 points and 8.5 assists per game. He's averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 assists per game so far this season.

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