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Freak back injury shelves 40-year-old guard for season

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A freak back injury has put the career of 40-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash in limbo. The two-time NBA MVP has been ruled out for the season after suffering this latest injury a few days ago carrying his bags.

The Lakers and Nash announced their joint decision Thursday, less than a week before the start of what would have been Nash’s 19th NBA season. He played in just 15 games last year with nerve root irritation, but hoped for a comeback season after several months of rehabilitation.

Instead, the Canadian point guard played in just three preseason games before feeling more back pain.

Nash has played in just 65 games since the Lakers traded four draft picks for him in 2012. He is due $9 million this season.


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