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Steve NashAfter an injury plagued season last year and rough start to the year this season, Steve Nash is clearly not the player he used to be.

The Los Angeles Lakers pulled the trigger on a sign-and-trade with the division rival Phoenix Suns last year in an attempt to give this team a much needed upgrade at the point guard position. Although Nash has flashes of his incredible playmaking ability from time to time, it appears that the writing is on the wall in terms of retirement being around the corner.

Before the Lakers were able to come out on top against Dwight Howard’s Houston Rockets on Thursday, Nash sat down with Ken Berger of CBS Sports to talk about where he’s at physically and if he’s considering retirement:

Q: Do you envision any set of circumstances that would cause you to say, ‘You know what? Next season is not going to happen? I’m not going to be able to be the player I want to be?’

A: I don’t think so. I’m already not the player I want to be and just [have] a different body. My body’s different. I’m still trying to adjust and adapt and get my body to accept a certain amount of the pounding and forces and be able to adjust my game and still be productive. I still feel like I’ve got a lot of life left without basketball so I’m going to try to enjoy it and make the most of these last 18-20 months, whatever it is.

With Nash clearly not the same player and currently not playing the second game of back-t0-backs, it may be a matter of time before he’s forced to the bench or dealt by the Lakers before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20. Nash has already been mentioned in a trade rumor involving Toronto Raptors, but many believe it will incredibly difficult to move his contract with $9.7 million set to be paid to Nash next season.

It comes as no surprise that Nash wouldn’t want to forego the $9.7 million owed to him next season. That’s a lot of money to leave on the table even though he’s clearly not worth it at this point in his career. Nash reiterated he has no intention to retire via Berger:

Q: So in your mind, retirement is not a word that you …

A: No. I’m not there yet. No.

Now the question is if Nash can bounce back and prove his worth to the team. Fortunately, the Lakers have Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar to help shoulder the load in the backcourt this season, but a healthy Nash playing at a high level once again would be a game-changer for this team.

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Steve Blake Game Winning Shot Over Dwight Howard And The Rockets

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  • Jim213

    Tough one to call especially if he can’t play a full 70+ game season (82 games) aside of health concerns.

  • ra

    Usually, when a player loses some playing ability, they learn new skills or new ways to play. True with MJ, Kobe, and it would actually be interesting to see how Steve Nash handles this. E.g., Kobe worked on his post-up moves a few years back, and lessened up on slashing and dunks (jumping). MJ also shifted his skill set.

    What happens is, a player ends up playing ‘smarter’ – and Steve Nash already has a high basketball IQ. He is already a great facilitator, and if he has a team with good chemistry, it could even get better.

    Just be patient. And remember, this is still an ‘experimental’ team, that could surprise us (once things get consistent).

    • Joseph Apohen

      The only problem with that is Kobe and MJ are or were in early to mid thirties. Nash will be 40 soon and that’s a lot of year difference and adjustment at the later years will be difficult. Farmar is playing better than Nash. Farmar has a good basketball iq. Trading Nash will be difficult unless the Lakers make arrangement with the trading partner to absorb some of that $9m owed Nash next year. I don’t think he is going to get much better. It would be wishful thinking. Wish we had him 5 years ago.

      • Daryl Peek

        Farmar is not playing better than Nash. He’s playing faster but not better. Farmar cannot run the team like Nash can. Never will. Not saying he wont get better just he’s not ready to lead yet.

        • Joseph Apohen

          Look at the team’s stats when Farmar is playing compared to when Nash is playing. Nash was one of the greatests but Farmar willl now play better because Nash can no longer perform at the level he once did because of age.

          • Daryl Peek

            Jordan is getting those number against reserves and he’s turning the ball over consistently against those reserves not starters. Nash manages the team much better. Again Farmar is leading the team in turnovers. we can’t have that starting right now.

          • Joseph Apohen

            FArmar could be playing better and leading the team if he were playing with the starters. He scores more with his drives something Nash rarely does. Also Nash has not been making his outside shots. You might still prefer Nash and that is your choice, but the team is playing better with Farmar that’s why Mike D gives him more minutes. How could a team be playing better when Nash is on the bench because he cannot answer the call. I like Nash but his all star playing days are over.

          • Daryl Peek

            Nope. I understand your feeling on that but look at it truthfully and not with your heart. Farmar is exceeding with the reserves because he’s the leader of that bunch. He will not be the leader of the starters and will be awkward playing with Pau and Kaman as he’s shown already.

            Farmar makes too many bad decisions going to the hole. This is why his turnovers are high. Farmar is a score first PG. He has not developed the pass first vision yet. He never will have it the way Nash does, that’s a gift your born with, Ala Magic. He has gotten much better from what I remember of his first Lakers stint.

            Nash may not be elite any more but he’s still our best bet starting right now. Farmar gets more minutes because the bench has been outscoring the starters and that has more to do with Pau than Nash lately.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Awkward playing with Pau and Kaman? Where did you get that from? Farmar is a score first rather than pass? What games have you been watching? I’ve seen him pass up open shots to pass the ball to someone else. He only drives to the basket when there is an opening. I don’t see him force his way and because he is much younger than Nash, he is more energetic and has better defense. He may never have it the way Nash does or perhaps did as the correct word, but to me he is more valuable to the team. Nash makes too much money for what he has to offer. It does not equate. I agree that Farmar does not have it or never will have as Nash did or Magic. The elite pg are born with it. But, at this point in time Nash is too expensive to keep.

          • ra

            Agree, Daryl. Farmar doesn’t have the court vision that Nash has (yet -not sure if he will). We should all recall that Nash was also a very good soccer player, and was an exceptional athlete (not necessarily ‘physically tough’, but very intelligent in ‘group’ sports like soccer, basketball) in Canada. He could have played soccer professionally, if he didn’t go for basketball instead.

            It is clearly a gift that he was born with, and has developed (2 MVPs worth). Farmar is good, no doubt, but should really spend time learning from Nash, while he can (while they’re on the same team, etc.). Farmar played ‘tougher’ basketball in Israel / Turkey, and improved his play. But he has a while to go before he gets to MVP.

            2 things need to happen for the Lakers to step up with Nash at the helm: 1) Nash needs to learn his team better (takes time), and 2) The team needs to learn Nash better (they need to trust him more, and be more intelligent about ‘receiving’ passes – not an easy task). Nash will put the ball right in a players mitts. All they have to do is ‘move without the ball’, get in position, and hoist up a shot – the ball will ‘magically’ be in their hands when Nash dishes it to them.

            Farmar is a good player – but again, should ‘take copious notes’ from Nash. This is his chance. If he steps up, then by the end of the year, he could have a shot at PG next year (and, the future Lakers).

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed. Pau is the biggest impediment IMO. His unwillingness to roll to the basket after setting a pick is a problem. The Horns set was very effective last season with Nash as the screener. I’ve seen it work well a few times this season. Kaman is really good at it with Gasol. Farmar is not ready for this level of play. This is what most don’t see. They just see a very fast Farmar in the paint.

          • cj

            thats not true. heres the one stat that should be looked at. lakers with nash 3-2. lakers with out nash 0-2. nash still means something to this team

    • hookedonnews

      I don’t think Nash needs to change anything. His shots aren’t falling right now like they usually do, but that will come. He’s getting plenty of open shots and passing as well as ever. I don’t know why so many seem to think he can’t play anymore. So far they have lost every game he hasn’t played. I think MDA adds to this whole thing by sitting Nash on these back-to-backs. Just don’t see the need to do that, at least not this early in the season.

      • cj

        agreed if nash plays yesterday we are 4-3 not the other way around. once kobe gets back nashs shots will start falling better.

        • hookedonnews

          Agree. He would probably be shooting better if he was playing more. Hard to shake off the rust on the bench.

      • Mark George

        When you have your floor general soooooo iffy… Chemistry is hard to form….

        • hookedonnews

          I think the chemistry is good. Nash is not iffy. D’Antoni is just making a choice that he thinks will benefit the team in the long run. I think he’s making a mistake. Nash is able to play. I definitely believe they will win more games with Nash on the court. I hope D’Antoni will re-think this strategy. Maybe he will as the season goes on.

          • Mark George

            Awesome points…. I hope you are right…. We need the general on the court….

          • savi

            he’ s doing it so that farmar too gets some good playing time so he can back nash up when season gets tough!!, Pau is having some trouble too, Pau will have to wear those big boy pants rather than make D’antoni sit him, rest assured, this season can be better than last season(this group is bound to get better with Kobe back and chemistry even better)

          • hookedonnews

            Agree. Don’t know what is wrong with Pau. He must be having some kind of issue we don’t know about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    Not on a $9M payroll, if we can get someone who can develop the roster, I say trade him

    • LakersHeatBeef

      IMO Lakers will use stretch provision on him in the off season if he doesn’t retire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    Duncan is productive on non back to back games, Nash, no longer. I say bench him to teach the 2nd group guards, just have Blake & Meeks start if trade is not an option. He will be another disaster in the making, heading to another disability season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    Mike still trying to figure the right players to play, but benching the productive and hot players? don’t get it!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    IDK why Lakers signed him to a 3 year deal?1 year + team option more like it.

  • Gregory Choa

    Lakers fans need to lay the f–k off Nash and let him find his way back to full health and back into 25-30 minutes of productive basketball per game night in and night out. He’s more important to this team than people are giving him credit for. He’s mentoring Farmar as he goes and he’s one of the smarter and sure handed players we have on this team…there is going to come a time this season when we’re going to be singing Nash’s praises, ESPECIALLY when Kobe comes back. It’s also pretty obvious that Pau benefits greatly from Nash running the point for them starting unit.

    • Daryl Peek

      100% AGREE. this is what I’m currently arguing with multiple others. They think mixing and matching certain bench players into the starting line up is the fix, NO WAY

    • hookedonnews

      Agree 100%.

    • cj

      100 % agree

    • Mark George

      The ONLY reason Nash is still playing and will NOT retire…. ALL the
      money he owes to his ex-wife… Sad to say, but true…. Why are we
      paying ANYBODY that kind of money that can’t even play back-back
      games….. Sorry bro, time to go Nash….

      • nash is better than you

        Fuck you. Keep your dick in your pants because you’re too ignorant, and the world is a better place without your offspring coming into it!

        • Mark George

          Dude, CLAM DOWN……no need for ALL that…. Let’s just see how it all plays out….. I hope he has an MVP season…. But CHILL on the ANGER crap….Peace

        • Mark George

          Dude, calm the freak down….!!!!!!! It’s AAAALLLLL good… I hope Nash has an MVP season…. He just needs to step it up… OR retire….

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    Mike doing a Kindergarten teacher?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    he’ll suck every penny he can get before he goes

    • cj

      even if he retires he still gets paid

  • Mark George

    The ONLY reason Nash is still playing and will NOT retire…. ALL the money he owes to his ex-wife… Sad to say, but true…. Why are we paying ANYBODY that kind of money that can’t even play back-back games….. Sorry bro, time to go Nash….

  • Mark George

    CHEMISTRY IS KEY….!!!!!

  • hookedonnews

    I think your insinuation that Nash would stick around just for the money even if he knew he couldn’t earn it is bogus. This is the guy who took 2 epidurals last season just to play in the playoffs when Derrick Rose was sitting on the bench in a suit 100% healthy. Nash has said he can play and will continue to up his game as the season goes on. He’s not going to sit around and draw a check. He wants to help the team and believes he can. If he didn’t he’d retire. I think he’s already proven his worth to the team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    wondering why mike is keeping his productive players as bench warmer every time the game is on the line. i can not see the logic of them not playing in a winnable

  • Veix

    Nash is not a problem. The main problem is with Gasol being awkward at post. No need to say 2-3 years in a row that” he has to put his big boy pants on.” He has had so much time to do that and it is not going to happen. Even his biggest pal Bryant is not saying anything in his defence. It is time to move on. I expect a trade on Gasol this season, OR no contract offer from LA. There is a good saying: ”The one who lives in the past, has no future.”

  • Paytc

    Let each players ability to play and produce at a high level determine things not fans or so call experts. Obviously Nash is not playing at 100 % again and unless his minutes are cut it won’t just happen magically. Meanwhile Famar is the best choice of available players to take on the most minutes at Point guard IMO. Kobe’s return will help anchor the team and once again cover up the weaknesses in the team and certain players games.

    Go Lakers !

  • Diehardla

    I love the optimism but bottom line is Nash is a 40 year old in a young mans game. The injuries he is having on a nightly basis are not going away they will just change week to week. There is no cure for old. He should accept this and let the Lakers off the hook with his contract so they can try to make a move for a defensive PG that can hang in the west.

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  • 3339

    Steve Nash is done being the player he used to be. The Lakers plan of reuniting him and dantoni is completely blowing up in their face, which could ultimately get them Wiggins, Parker, or a Kentucky player.

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