It's impossible to miss him as you walk down the long hallway outside the
It's far too late for him to make any contributions to the
But Lakers Coach
"I still haven't given up hope on that. I would still like him to come around and I think so would Mitch," Scott said, referring to Lakers General Manager
"But again, as we've been talking about all season long, he has to feel OK about that and some guys handle not being able to play . . . a lot sooner than others."
Not much happens for the Lakers (12-30) when
So it was easy to talk about Nash. He'll turn 41 in a couple of weeks and continue to collect $9.7 million from the Lakers this season.
Shortly after declaring his desire to sit, Nash irritated fans when he posted an
The Lakers maintain they don't care. Nor are they frustrated with Nash, who stopped by the team facility before Christmas but has been otherwise absent.
"Not at all. Especially for myself and Mitch and guys who have played in this league and have had to retire and know what you go through when you retire," Scott said. "I don't think any of us feel there's any type of pressure to try to bring him back anytime soon."
Other than Young's scoring outburst, the news of note involved rookie center Tarik Black, who was helped off the court by
X-rays were negative and it was unclear when Black would return, though he said it wasn't "that bad."
When it ends is anybody's guess.