Steve Nash is not ready to return to game action

Last month, the Los Angeles Lakers and starting point guard Steve Nash made the smart decision to quit putzing around with Nash’s combined ankle, back and nerve injuries. They both decided to shut the future Hall of Famer down until he was healthy enough to rejoin the team for the long haul, and not for fitful bits and pieces of play here and there, interrupted by long stints on the bench and days off from practices and/or games.
Kelly Dwyer

Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers gets dressed before facing the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 10: Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers wipes his brow during warmups before a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Denver Nuggets' Randy Foye, top, and Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Nash fall to the court as they fight for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Ontario, Calif. The Lakers won 90-88

Denver Nuggets' Randy Foye, top, and Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Nash fall to the court as they fight for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Ontario, Calif. The Lakers won 90-88. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, left, talks with Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni in the second quarter during an NBA basketball preseason game against the Golden State Warriors Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Ontario, Calif

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, left, talks with Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni in the second quarter during an NBA basketball preseason game against the Golden State Warriors Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Ontario, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Lakers' Steve Nash angling for bounce-back season

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, left, of Spain, guard Steve Nash, center, and guard Kobe Bryant, right, pose for photographs during the NBA basketball team's media day Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)