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October 23, 2014 Updates

“As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we’re even more disappointed for Steve,” said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. “We know how hard he’s worked the last two years to try to get his body right for the rigors of the NBA, and how badly he wants to play, but unfortunately he simply hasn’t been able to get there up to this point in time. Steve has been a consummate professional, and we greatly appreciate his efforts.” NBA.com

The latest and perhaps last setback of Steve Nash's disappointing tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has come. Nash is expected to be ruled out for the 2014-15 NBA season because of recurring nerve damage in his back, according to league sources. Bleacher Report

Nothing is more important to Jeanie Buss than the Lakers, including longtime fiancé Phil Jackson. The Lakers president, who met with Carmelo Anthony during the summer in hopes of luring the free agent away from New York, said it was strange to be pursuing a player who was also being courted by Jackson — the new Knicks president — but Buss said helping the Lakers get back to greatness is her biggest priority. “It was a bit awkward during that time,” Buss said. “Carmelo is a player who’s worth fighting for. In basketball, family, love, relationships, nothing is more important to me than the Lakers, so I’ll do it again.” New York Post

Abbott’s piece de resistance is a rarely-attempted defense of Jim Buss, suggesting that he gave Bryant that $48.5 million last winter—before Kobe played, after which he came back and lasted six games—to avoid a public squabble over a new contract. Actually, Jeanie Buss made that call, not her brother. After losing Howard, they were terrified of losing Kobe, although at his pay scale, he had nowhere to go. The real key for the Buss kids was it was what their father did, as in 1991 when he gave Magic Johnson a one-year $14.6 million extension, bigger than half the NBA payrolls at the time. Forbes.com

D’Antoni’s problem was being in the wrong place at the wrong time but by then, bringing him back would have been another terrible blunder. If D’Antoni hadn’t made picking up his 2015-16 option a precondition for returning, he would be coaching today. As high-maintenance superstars go, Kobe is sadder but wise. Among peers, he’s now almost one of the guys. James, leery of him before they began playing together on Olympic teams, is now a friend. Forbes.com

Mike Bresnahan: Kobe Bryant will not play the Lakers' last two exhibition games. He's going to rest. Opener is next Tuesday vs. Houston. Twitter @Mike_Bresnahan

October 22, 2014 Updates

Eric Pincus: Lakers have finally taken Steve Nash off as probable starter - instead, Ronnie Price - team plays tonight vs. Blazers on preseason b2b Twitter @EricPincus

 

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