Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Steve Nash’s Return Imminent?

After the loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers have fallen to 9-11 on the season. Along with the ugly losing record, the Lakers are also in third place in the Pacific Division and 11th in the Western Conference.

The new-look roster filled with superstar talent has failed to live up to expectations after the first 20 games of the season, but may see some light at the end of the tunnel with Steve Nash possibly returning to the floor during the upcoming four-game road trip for the Lakers.

Nash’s return has been all anyone can talk about over the last month or so with the Lakers struggling to reach their potential with head coach Mike D’Antoni at the helm in Los Angeles.

D’Antoni has been anxiously awaiting the return of his former and current floor general with expectations of a drastic turnaround for the team once the two-time NBA MVP is finally healthy enough to return after suffering the leg fracture injury in the second game of the season against the Portland Trail Blazers.

It remains to be seen whether or not Nash is the missing piece to the championship puzzle in Los Angeles, but D’Antoni and the Lakers’ front office is counting on it and Pau Gasol’s future with the Lakers may also be hanging in the balance.

Lakers Nation News

Lakers Rumors: Steve Nash Possibly Returning On Upcoming Road Trip

Lakers News: Pau Gasol Out Sunday Vs. Utah Jazz

Sending Pau Gasol To The Bench A Good Idea? Not Exactly

Dwight Howard Staying Patient With Lakers’ Slow Start

Kobe Bryant Trash Talk Leads To Hyper-Motivated Thunder

Reports: Lakers Considering Bringing Pau Gasol Off Bench

Video: Lakers Locker Room Talk – The Good, Bad & The Ugly

Injuries To Steve Nash, Blake No Excuse For The Lakers

Video: Dwight Howard Appears In Foot Locker Commercial

Kobe Bryant On Kevin Durant Reaching 30K Points: ‘It Seems Possible’

Lakers News

Lakers Breaking Down Defensively In Lossess [LA Times]

Howard Loses 50 Percentage Points With Three-Point Miss [LA Times]

Staples Center Noted As One The NBA’s Best Arenas [LA Times]

Jodie Meeks Becoming A Factor For The Lakers [LA Times]

Loaded Questions Regarding The Lakers’ Problems [LA Times]

Beast Or Burden: Examining Our Expectations [Silver Screen and Roll]

Report: Lakers May Move Pau To The Bench [Silver Screen and Roll]

The Second Quarter That Got Away [Silver Screen and Roll]

Long Trip East Could Help Lakers Bond [OC Register]

Short-handed Lakers No Match For Thunder [OC Register]

Motivated Duo Of Westbrook And Durant A Hard Tandem To Beat [OC Register]

Metta World Peace Sheds Pounds, Powers Way Back Into Becoming One Of Lakers’ Best [LA Daily News]

Lakers Striving To See Bright Side [LA Daily News]

Lakers/Thunder: The Most We Can Get Is A Moral Victory [Forum Blue and Gold]

No Gasol For Lakers Sunday; Nash, Gasol Possible Next Week [Pro Basketball Talk]

Three-Pointers: Thunder Thump Lakers Thanks To Westbrook Explosion [The Point Forward]

Lakers’ Howard, Struggling With Free Throws, Plans To Shut Out Advice [The Point Forward]

Lakers’ Bryant Says He Won’t Join Jordan As An NBA Team Owner In Retirement [The Point Forward]

NBA News

NBA Play Of The Day: Blake Griffin Puts It Down From The Skies [Sports City]

NBA Tweets Of The Day: Jordan Hill Doesn’t Care About The Fight [Sports City]

Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale Returns To The Sidelines Tonight [Sports City]

Video: JaVale McGee Was Once Again Being JaVale McGee [Sports City]

Wade, LeBron Help Heat Snap Skid [ESPN]

Hawks Stay Hot, Win Ninth In Last 10 Games [ESPN]

Mayo Guides Mavs Past Rockets [ESPN]

Bulls Win Again, Cool Melo-less Knicks [ESPN]

Wolves Need More Than Love [SB Nation]

Colangelo Performing In-Season Autopsy On Raps [SB Nation]

Five NBA Veterans Playing In D-League This Season [SB Nation]

Can Heat Overcome Defensive Struggles? [SB Nation]

Stephen Jackson Recalls Scary Scene At Club Rio [SB Nation]

Roy Hibbert Says He Will Be ‘Best Center In The League’ [Pro Basketball Talk]

Kevin Garnett Finishes With Zero Rebounds In Celtics’ Win Over Sixers [Pro Basketball Talk]

Video: Frustrated Tracy McGrady With Cheap Elbow In China [Pro Basketball Talk]

Russell Westbrook And Kobe Bryant With Dueling Four-Point Plays (Video) [Pro Basketball Talk]

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