Whoever becomes the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers he may have to wait a while to get Steve Nash in the lineup.
The Lakers announced Friday that Nash will be out at least another week, missing games against Sacramento (Sunday), San Antonio (Tuesday) and Phoenix (Friday). The Lakers are 2-2 in games where Nash did not play.
Nash suffered a non-displaced fracture (meaning a small fracture where the bones are still aligned) to his shin area after a Halloween night collision with Blazers rookie Damian Lillard. It’s not serious, but it’s still a broken leg and he can’t really push off and run on it.
Nash has been back doing on the court drills with a Lakers assistant, but the team are not going to rush him back. Whoever the new coach is, he is going to need Nash to contend for a title like the Lakers want. Of course, if that is Phil Jackson and Nash has to find his way in the triangle, it’s going to get interesting.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.