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Steve Nash Reveals He's About Two Weeks Away

The struggling Lakers look like they could use Steve Nash's leadership now more than ever

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    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak talks about the reasons behind the firing of Mike Brown as head coach and what he envisions for the team's next coach. Raw Video from Nov. 9, 2012. (Published Friday, Nov 9, 2012)

    On Sunday night, Steve Nash ruled himself out of upcoming three-game road trip and hinted that he is at least 10 days to two weeks from returning. 

    "Another 10 days to two weeks?" Nash told the Daily News. "That's a total guess. Since I can't run, I'm not going to play this week."

    This week, the Lakers have a three-game road trip against the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets, and the Oklahoma City Thunder before returning home to face the Utah Jazz on Sunday, Dec. 9. 

    Expecting the Lakers to sweep four in a row may be wishful thinking. Even a clean sweep of this week would only put the Lakers at 12-9 on the season. That is hardly a record representative of the roster that was assembled in the off-season. 

    Lakers GM Discusses Firing of Coach Mike Brown

    [LA] Lakers GM Discusses Firing of Coach Mike Brown
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak talks about the reasons behind the firing of Mike Brown as head coach and what he envisions for the team's next coach. Raw Video from Nov. 9, 2012. (Published Friday, Nov 9, 2012)

    The current 8-9 record, however, is fully representative of the team that has taken the floor in the first month of the season. The Lakers have only put together two winning-streaks, and both streaks came during the Bernie Bickerstaff interim era. The Lakers were playing without a system in place during that stretch and seemed to have an added level of defensive intensity as a result. 

    Whether it was Mike Brown or Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers have sorely pined for the quarterbacking ability of Nash and lacked consistent defensive intensity this season. 

    Lakers Fans "Very Happy," Not Surprised Over Brown's Firing

    [LA] Lakers Fans "Very Happy," Not Surprised Over Brown's Firing
    Outside Staples Center Friday night, Lakers fans were almost unanimously pleased that head coach Mike Brown was stripped of his job just five games into the season. The Lakers lost four of those five games. Angie Crouch reports from the Staples Center for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2012. (Published Friday, Nov 9, 2012)

    D’Antoni was handed the difficult task of directing a team into a system during the middle of the season. To make matters worse, D’Antoni’s system was dependent on the point guard position, and the Lakers’ first and second choice point guards have been injured since D’Antoni took the reins. 

    With both Nash and Steve Blake out, the Lakers have a tough road trip this week. Considering Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder cap off three games in four nights, the Lakers would be content to return home after a  2-1 trip. That modest result would put the Lakers back at .500, which—sadly—is right where this team belongs.