Key Brooklyn Nets big man is still out with an unknown illness.
Nic Claxton, who began the season as a starter, has been sidelined by a mysterious illness that the team claims is not COVID-19. It’s been 24 days since the Nets last saw him on an NBA court.
We don’t know what it’s about.
Worse, we have no idea when Claxton will be able to play again.
On Wednesday, coach Steve Nash delivered this message.
Nash stated that he hoped Claxton could “ramp up” to a return to action, but the team has previously stated that Claxton was working toward a return to the court.
He was sent down to the G League’s Long Island Nets earlier this month, but his time there was brief, and he did not appear in a game with the team, despite being there for a November 6 game against Delaware.
Claxton’s conditioning has been drained by whatever illness he’s had.
“Nic (Claxton) still has a lot of work to do,” Nash said.
“He needs to work on his conditioning a lot.”
Claxton’s Return Hasn’t Been Announced by Nash.
While the Nets could use Claxton—any depth is welcome at this point—Nash appeared to have no idea when he’d be back.
In the four games in which Claxton has appeared, he has averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, with 1.0 blocked shot in 18.9 minutes.
“I’m not sure how long that process will take,” Nash told the Daily News, “but I think they have to assess where he is now, then see how he goes, and then we’ll figure out when he can play again.”
… I haven’t discussed the date for him to return because I know it won’t be tonight, given the number of priorities on my plate right now.
But hopefully, in the coming days, we’ll be able to get a rough idea.
But I don’t have anything else on Nic’s return for the time being.”
Claxton started the first three games of the season for the Nets, but he was replaced by Bruce Brown as Nash has favored small, defensive lineups around stars Kevin Durant and James Harden.
This season, Nash hoped to push Claxton.
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