Lakers Nation Roundtable: Is It Time For Steve Nash To Retire? Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="135"] When the Lakers traded for Steve Nash in July of 2012, fans and media alike loved the move. Though Nash was older, he was still very [new_royalslider id="135"] When the Lakers traded for Steve Nash in July of 2012, fans and media alike loved the move. Though Nash was older, he was still very Rating: 0
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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Is It Time For Steve Nash To Retire?

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When the Lakers traded for Steve Nash in July of 2012, fans and media alike loved the move. Though Nash was older, he was still very productive for the Phoenix Suns the previous year. Most people made the Lakers the favorite to win the championship after the move.

Fast forward to today and the move looks like the worst possible deal. Due to a freak injury and resulting nerve damage, Nash has played in only 62 of 157 total Lakers games and looks like he doesn’t have much left in the tank.

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Further doing damage is the fact that Nash has one more year on his contract for $9.7 million. It is a lot of money to pay for a player who has barely been able to finish a game this season.

With the Lakers approaching a huge off-season, we asked our panel of experts a two-part question: Should Steve Nash retire? And would the Lakers be better off if he did? This is what they had to say:

Ramneet Singh (@Ramneet24): Steve Nash is definitely not the player he once was, and the Lakers have yet to really see the point guard at a high level. Nash has recently returned from injury and it will take some time before he gets back in basketball shape; however, when he does, he will still be struggling to compete on both ends of the court.

The NBA is now a league dominated with athletic point guards and Nash is no longer able to handle these explosive young players. At this point, the Lakers are better off with Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall as they can run up and down the court on a nightly basis.

Nash is still under contract, and he is one of the few on the roster for next season. The Lakers are going through a rebuilding process and having Nash’s contract prevents them from having more cap flexibility.

Although no one wishes a Hall of Fame bound player would leave the NBA, Nash retiring from the Lakers will be better off in the long run.

Maybe not this summer, but without Nash in the books, the Lakers will have the ability to entice many big name free agents in the coming years.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): If Steve Nash were going to retire, he should have done it before playing against the Utah Jazz last Tuesday.

Retiring before the matchup against the Jazz would put Nash at nine games on the season and as a result he would’ve been able to walk away in medical retirement.

This medical retirement would’ve taken Nash’s contract off the books for next season freeing up $9.7 million in cap space. Not only would it have benefited the Lakers, but the rest of Nash’s contract would’ve been paid in full.

With that being said, I believe the window for retirement has closed for Nash in terms of it benefiting both the player and the team moving forward. Retiring at this point seems rather useless as he should simply continue to battle and play out the rest of his contract, letting the chips fall where they may.

Suki Thind (@TheRealSuki): Most would say ‘Yes, retire already!’ and with good reason. Nash has been unable to contribute consistently, and seemingly has to work extremely hard over the course of six to eight weeks — only to return for three or four games before his nerve issues sideline him once again.

It truly is sad to see one of the greatest point guards of all time struggling to get healthy, but it is what it is at this point. He can’t medically retire this season because he’s already played 10 games, so that option is out.

I’m sure it’s tough for his teammates to watch, but the incredible optimism and positivity Nash exudes throughout the roughest patch of his career should be an inspiration for all.

He’s an incredible competitor, and right now he’s battling to be able to play the game he loves so dearly. He wants to overcome the odds, and still refuses to think of retirement.

That may make it even more heartbreaking when he realizes it simply isn’t possible, or maybe — just maybe — he somehow does manage to overcome this injury and play out this season or even the next.

We’ve seen athletes battle injuries for years, like Nash’s old buddy Grant Hill — albeit at a much younger age — and finally stay healthy and end their careers on a good note. Those stories are always the “feel good” ones that we as sports fans absolutely live for.

Will Nash ever be the same? Probably not, but I think he still has a few battles against this injury before he finally calls it quits. Maybe he’ll end up succumbing to this injury, but hopefully he’ll somehow be able to manage it and go out on his own terms.
Lakers Practice: Coach D’Antoni Talks About Steve Nash’s Legacy (Lakers Nation)

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    It’s just sad to watch Steve Nash play.That comment says it all,yes he knows it’s time to retire but he is fighting it because he is making great money and he is stubborn and trying force his way on the court.Injuries and age have caught up.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers can definitely use his large salary for cap space to sign a young stud.

  • Jim213

    A question reserved more for FO.

  • http://www.stansgarage.com Stan

    Just letting him into that 10th game was an organizational failure of epic proportions. Whatever the Lakers FO is thinking is absolutely contradictory to good team management.

  • CoolAmI

    When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Nash will forever be known as one of the best PG’s ever. The recurring injury that he’s dealing with is not going to go away, and it seems that it can flare up at any time. That’s putting your team in jeopardy. I say it’s time. Thanks Steve.

  • quickster

    It’s time for the experiment to end. Dantoni and Nash has the Phoenix Suns connections. Dantoni thought it’s going to work in Los Angeles. Wrong! Nash is too old and pass his prime. He should retire and 9 millions will off the books. Lakers, it’s time to rebuild, start by drafting Dante Exum to play the point guard. Second, Let Pau walks and 19 millions off the books. Go after Kevin Love and pay him that. The Lakers can go for Greg Monroe at center and offer him 5 millions. In 2016, when Kobe leaves hopefully, 24 millions will be off the books. They can go after Kevin Durant pay him 20 millions a season. Nick Young can play the shooting guard. Let’s fantasize, Greg Monroe at center, Kevin Love at power forward, Kevin Durant at small forward, Nick Young at shooting guard, Dante Exum at point guard.

  • Marty Susman

    Actually he should have retired before he got to the Lakers…The man is “OLD & CRIPPLED & TOTALLY HOBBLED & will “NEVER EVER” be worth even a 60the pick in the draft….Nash was just another stupid ignorant move by the Lakers as was trading Drew for D12 & in the end, we lost Drew & D12 & got “ZERO” thank you very much Lakers front office. You hired not one but TWO horrible coach’s & don’t hire one good one. You allowed this high school coach to bench Gasol, treat hi like a rookie & destroy his trade value as well as his playing ability. Sorry folks, this front office is “DESTROYING” the Lakers Franchise…..

    • hookedonnews

      I don’t know why I bother, but why would a player who led the league in total assists, was an All-Star, and healthy in 2012 retire? You might think it was a bad move in retrospect, but everyone thought it was a great move when it happened. If you read the article you know that his problems have been the result of the broken leg, not his age. The Lakers franchise is not destroyed. The team has been hit by a ridiculous number of injuries to key players the last two seasons. If Gasol’s trade value is diminished it’s because he can’t stay healthy. It’s not MDA’s fault that last offseason is the first time he’s taken time off in years. You’re talking about stuff that happened last season. Gasol has had good numbers since getting healthier before this latest injury. His big contract is also not D’Antoni’s fault. The team is rebuilding. That happens to every team. If everyone had stayed healthy this season including Kobe & Nash, this team could have had a decent year. The FO is looking to the future & free agency. As for Andrew Bynum, he didn’t play a minute last season and isn’t playing now. Not their fault Howard is a moron. It was a gamble worth taking, but we have that cap space now for a player who might actually want to be in LA.

      • Chrmngblly

        Hook, that was absolutely a gamble NOT worth taking. They knew Howard was a turd before they traded for him. After he malingered with them for half a season, they also knew what kind of heart he had. Jim Buss just drank the kool aid, that’s all. They could and should have dumped Howard when they had the chance.

        • hookedonnews

          I think they’re putting all their eggs in the free agency basket. The players who will be available in the next couple of years are the ones they really want, and they weren’t going to get them in a trade for Howard.

  • hookedonnews

    Agree with Suki’s comments. Nash will retire when he’s convinced he can’t win this battle with the nerve root irritation. The Lakers may waive him, but I hope he’ll be able to finish his contract. If he can stay healthy he can still play. The big moves in free agency are probably coming in 2015 anyway. Players like Nash don’t come along every day, and this team will benefit from having him in the locker room and on the court.

    • Chrmngblly

      What bullshit. Why are the Lakers benefiting from having one more aging cripple in the whirlpool every night when the team comes in from losing a hard game? I am tired of you worshipers tongue-lapping Nash’s butt hole when you kiss it. But I used to be a fan, too. His purpose in life evaporated when Howard walked.

      • hookedonnews

        The point is that it’s too late to worry about this season because he’s going to get paid regardless. As long as he’s getting paid most NBA fans hope that he’s able to get healthy and play. He obviously still has the skills. It’s just a matter of whether he can stay on the court. I’ve got news for you. Any player at any age can go down with a serious injury at any time. It’s not just old guys who are sitting on the bench in suits all over the NBA. Steve Nash is still going to give you those great passes and one of the purest shooting strokes in the NBA. That’s not worship, and no one is kissing anybody’s backside. Sorry you can’t appreciate a great player like Nash. He may be gone next season, and the Lakers are still more than likely not going to the Finals. Why not enjoy the opportunity to watch him while he’s still around? It’s obvious the Lakers need all their players because it’s unlikely that they are going to bring anyone else in this season. Farmar, Young & Henry are still out, and Blake isn’t really healthy either.

        • Chrmngblly

          Hook, Nash wastes space on the roster that I would prefer to see used on one of the two Laker D league stars that just broke the scoring record on back to back nights, 50 and 56 points. Fans and coaches would much rather see that than hear Nash singing in the whirlpool.

          • Baltazar Costa

            Bro. Why are you wasting your time to explain him all of this? He is an idiot. He won’t understand. His only reason to be here is to irritate the Lakers fans.

          • hookedonnews

            They still have to pay Nash. They are not going to bring anyone up from the D-League this season because they don’t want another contract. They might bring someone up for 10 days if someone else goes down, but right now it’s all about cap space. And I don’t agree that fans would rather watch some D-League dude than a future Hall of Famer.

          • Chrmngblly

            10 days is cool. The FO did fine finding Kendall Marshall. Who wants to watch some old washed up FORMER great ride the pine? The point is we have no use for him any more–nobody does. That’s why we need to take a look at anything that is still rattling around in the bottom of the barrel. This is dead-time and you are just a worshiper, dude, get off your knees.

          • hookedonnews

            Do you actually watch games? Yes, I’m a worshipper because I would rather watch Steve Nash than some D-League guy who’s probably never going to be in the NBA more than 20 days if he’s lucky. Right. The FO is not looking to the D-League for players. They already have some good role players. What they want is elite players, and you’re not going to find them there. I hear they’re looking to get rid of Blake. They are trying to get out from under contracts. They aren’t looking for new ones.

    • Baltazar Costa

      You and Suki are a bunch of idiots.Thousands Lakers fans are talking that Nash should retire last year and there is a reason why, only you, both are talking how great of a player Nash is, if… healthy.I don’t give a damn how great he is. If he is not able to play the way we all know he can, then he has to go.You can not play at PG in this league at age of 40+. Not possible.
      And for both of you, Nash will be waived after this season. That is for sure.

      • hookedonnews

        I doubt that you’re talking to thousands of Lakers fans. What is it that you don’t get about the fact that he’s going to be paid whether he plays or not, and that they’re not going to bring in another player this season because of cap space? John Stockton & Jason Kidd played PG at 40. Altogether possible that Nash will be waived after this season. Meanwhile if he can play there are plenty of people who enjoy watching him play.

        • Chrmngblly

          My God! Like you said, Nash is going to deposit his check whether he earns it or not. Does he also have to clog up the roster, too? Those young guys that are excelling in the D league are not going to change our cap anywhere near as much as Nash did when he sucked us for $9.7M big ones. We can get these surprise phenoms for a few hundred thousand

          • hookedonnews

            There are still a few people left in this country who like to earn the money they’re getting. Your Nash-worshipping line is getting old. Maybe you should change your name because you’re not all that charming. Think Kobe’s earning his $27 million or whatever he’s being paid this season? How about Derrick Rose? Any NBA fan with half a brain would rather see Steve Nash play than some no-name fool from the D-League. The idea that Nash is clogging the roster is hilarious. Have you looked at the roster lately? They can barely meet the league minimum for players these days, and who knows who’s going down next. They don’t want to bring in other players. That’s why they had X playing PG until he was injured.

          • Chrmngblly

            I don’t know what to say to you. All you do is flail around butt-kissing that has-been, Nash with every other word.

            Nash was never really that good—at least not for the Lakers. Stop and Think. Even in his prime, was he better than John Stockton? Isaiah Thomas? Gail Goodrich? Magic Johnson? Chris Paul? Oscar Robertson? The list goes on too long for all the worshipping and slurping I hear out of you. Give us a break. Nash has never been Mt. Rushmore material—and he wouldn’t say he was, either, like you.

          • hookedonnews

            Did I say Nash was Mt. Rushmore worthy? I don’t believe I did. Gail Goodrich? Are you serious? You obviously never saw Steve Nash play in his prime. Other than Magic, 9 out of 10 people would rather watch Steve Nash in his prime than any of those other guys. Chris Paul hasn’t been to a Western Conference Finals yet, and I’m guessing he’s not going there anytime soon. Steve Nash has led the Mavs & Suns to 4. Both those teams were lousy when he arrived. You appear to have some kind of anal-fixation. Your comments are filled with very descriptive metaphors relating to that region. Yes, Nash was that good. No one but Magic in that group you mentioned was ever MVP even once, Does that mean he was the best player ever to hit the NBA? No. He’s not even the best player on the Lakers team (Kobe). But he is still worthy of more respect than he’s getting from you.

          • Chrmngblly

            Nobody said he wasn’t worthy of respect. The subject of this article is whether Nash should retire or not. Remember?

            Thank you for your compliments about my metaphors. I knew they would be meaningful to you. Hopefully now you can see yourself through the rest of our eyes. All that groveling and butt-kissing is way over the top.

            Nash is Nash. He doesn’t need your hero-worship. What he needs is to stop plugging up the roster so we can call up a couple young guys with young legs that have been shooting the lights out on the farm team. Give it a rest, Hook.

          • hookedonnews

            Sorry you can’t distinguish between hero worship and respect. Time for you to give it a rest. He’s going to be on the roster at least the rest of the season unless he decides otherwise. He’s not looking to you or anybody else for advice on retirement. I don’t know why you keep beating the drum for D-League players when it’s obvious they’re not going that direction. And for the record, I’m not worried about what anyone thinks about my comments. I think we’ve exhausted this subject.

          • Chrmngblly

            I’m glad you’ve learned your lesson….:-)

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