Lakers News: Steve Nash Set For Larger Mentor Role With Lakers Youngsters

A few months ago, a few eyebrows were raised when Los Angeles Lakers HC Byron Scott revealed he couldn't get injured point guard Steve Nash to return his calls. A few weeks later, the team wasn't sure where Nash was as he visited a South American soccer team he supports.

Now, it sounds like Nash and the Lakers have smoothed things over. According to TWC & ESPN Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Mitch Kupchak confirmed Nash has been around more frequently, and his role with the team will increase in the coming months.

Nash is out for the season after sustaining nerve damage in his back, and the team is still trying to figure out how he can contribute most from the sidelines. Nash was part of LA's proposed deal for Rajon Rondo (which the Celtics ultimately declined), and it remains possible that he'll be traded before February's deadline.

Originally meant to be part of a new-look Lakers squad that would see him supporting Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, Nash has been unable to stay on the court for long during his time in Purple and Gold. The two-time NBA MVP has played in just 65 games since joining the Lakers in 2012, and has faced a constant battle with the mileage on his 40-year-old body. While he announced plans to retire after the 2014-15 season prior to his injury, he later decided to reconsider, saying he'll now do his best to go out on his own terms.

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