Steve Nash returned to practice today and took part in a 5-on-5 scrimmage, according to the Los Angeles Times:
After Thursday morning’s practice, Nash said, “It felt pretty good. It went well. Maybe I felt a little bit better than I thought I’d feel, but we’ll see how it feels in the morning. It’s obviously a big barometer.”
Nash noted that the Christmas Day game Tuesday against the New York Knicks might be more “realistic,” but that a return on Saturday against the Golden State Warriors remains a possibility.
Although, wisely, Nash is going to be careful about making his return and wants to be sure he’s ready to go:
“It depends on how well I respond today and tomorrow,” said Nash. “We don’t really need to rush it. I don’t want to come back too soon…. I don’t want to miss another 10 games because I aggravated it.”
D’Antoni put it best, though:
“Whatever day he returns will be Christmas, so I guess there’s that,” D’Antoni said jokingly.
If he does return on Christmas Day, it could be quite a spectacle; Nash’s old teammate Amare Stoudemire could also be back on December 25 to play for the Knicks.