First, Steve Nash was expected to miss just a couple days. Then, the Los Angeles Lakers learned he actually had a minor fracture in his fibula. The diagnosis and expected recovery time increased to about a week. Then, a day later, Nash was going to be sidelined for up to four weeks. Well, the timeline has changed again.
In what must be the most fluid recovery time in the history of injuries, Nash may only miss 7-10 days now. This comes courtesy of Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
Latest info from Lakers' medical staff has Steve Nash missing about 7-10 days, according to a person briefed on the point guard's prognosis.Nash fractured his fibula in the second game of the season. The original diagnosis was a shin contusion. However, after continued tests and evaluation, the injury was later listed as a lower leg fracture. The fracture is minor, but the timeline for recovery is not quite clear.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) November 5, 2012
Basketball is a impact-heavy sport. The impact on the legs could make Nash's injury more tricky than it otherwise may have been. If Nash does return in 7-10 days as suggested by Berger, it would suggest that his fracture was incredibly minor. The team would not risk allowing him to return if they thought it could cause further damage.
In fact, Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles says Coach Mike Brown is not pressuring Nash on his return. While that may be true, the medical staff is still trying to get a grip on just how long this injury with sideline the point guard.