Nash to take it easy on all-star weekend

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

LAS VEGAS -- Steve Nash may be making history here this weekend.

Nash, who was voted to the all-star team by league coaches is mandated to be here despite the fact that a sore shoulder will keep him from taking part. So other than answering questions and providing sound bites at yesterday's media day, his plans are rather limited.

"Primarily I have to rehab," Nash said of his plans for the weekend. "Not many people rehab in Vegas but I'm going to try to see if I can go to practice on Monday. Other than that I'll try to have some fun."

That too could be a little tough in this city considering Canada's most famous basketball son since Dr. James Naismith doesn't gamble.

"It's not that fun to me because I have never tried so it doesn't appear like fun and it's probably good like that," Nash said. "I'm going to keep it at arms length."

As for his injury which already has cost him four games, three of them Phoenix losses, Nash says he's making progress.

"I feel like I'm improving slowly," Nash said. "I'm just waiting for the pain and inflammation to subside. It's really weak too because of that pain and inflammation."

The case could be made that Nash's absence has improved his quest for a third MVP award in a row, considering the way the Suns have dropped since he went down.

Nash said it's not just his absence that has sent the Suns off the rails pointing out forward Boris Diaw has also been out for the past two games.

VEGAS A BIG WINNER?

The city of Las Vegas may wind up getting an NBA team in the not so distant future. League commissioner David Stern has, until this week, been adamant that a team in Vegas would only become a reality if the entire NBA schedule was taken off the books in the Vegas casinos. But in meetings with city fathers earlier this week, Stern softened his stance suggesting only the home team in Vegas would have to be taken off the betting boards for Vegas to earn league approval.


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