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Steve Nash Believes This Will Be His ‘Last Season’

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At 40-years-old, Steve Nash is heading into the last year of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although Nash has been reluctant to call it a career after dealing with numerous injuries, the two-time NBA MVP has let it be known the 2014-15 NBA season will be his last, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

“I think this is my last season,” said the 40-year-old Nash in a video posted by Sport TV. But I still love to play, practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many many years living this life without basketball. It’ll be nice to play one more year.”

Over the last two years with the Lakers, Nash has struggled to stay healthy after breaking his leg in only his second game with the team against the Portland Trail Blazers. Nash collided with then rookie Damian Lillard resulting in a leg fracture that would caused nerve damage in his back.

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Nash has played only 65 games with the team after being acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Suns back in July of 2012. The veteran point guard continues to battle through his injuries, but simply hasn’t been able to stay on the floor on a nightly basis.

In Nash’s final year in Los Angeles, the two-time NBA MVP will earn $9.7 million while potentially competing for the starting role with newcomer Jeremy Lin. Nash’s starting role is not guaranteed at this point with new head coach Byron Scott possibly electing to go with Lin and using Nash as the backup next season.
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  • L4K3R5F4N

    Hopefully he’ll be able to play at least 30 games.

    • Jim213

      Father time is calling Nash’s name.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Looks like he has at least 20-30 years left in him.

    • Chris Shields

      Coach Scott will probably start him out of respect, but don’t be surprised if Jeremy Lin gets more minutes.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Nash may not be able to play off the bench. His body might not be able to handle sitting so long after warm-ups, so he might start each half, and then Lin/Clarkson play the rest.

  • kookiebuger

    Off topic Why didn’t the Lakers retire George Mikan’s jersey?

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      None of the Minneapolis players’ numbers were retired. The Minneapolis greats are named as Honored Lakers or something like that and listed alongside the retired jerseys in the arena.

      • kookiebuger

        His jersey should be retired, he averaged 23ppg and 13rpg, he was one of the first star players in the league, and started the Lakers legacy by winning 5 championships. He shouldn’t just be some name on a banner.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          I don’t disagree, the Lakers just never retired those numbers. At the very least, I would say Mikkelsen and Pollard should be retired, too. I don’t really know the history of retiring numbers; maybe it was something that wasn’t done back then, maybe the players didn’t want their numbers retired…

  • vdogg

    tutor the heck out of lin and clarkson, please!!

  • thisstinksagain!!

    Lin and Clarkson are more slashers/scorers than assist collectors so they won’t be like Nash, which is fine because KB dominates the ball most of the time anyways. They just can’t be scared to shoot in KB’s presence otherwise they will get eaten up mentally by KB. Be more like D Fish and say “F… It, I’m taking AND MAKING the shot” when it’s there to keep the defense honest.

    • vdogg

      when he was in his prime, nash could get to the basket and score as well. the greatest PGs do EVERYTHING.

    • Ultimate187

      If Lin could play with Harden for two seasons, he can play with Kobe.

    • Al Haldie

      I really don’t believe FISHER said that – he has more class then that..

  • AK

    i dont see how nash fits in the rotation but he will probably be injured anyway

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    And in other news, grass is green.

    • Badazztj12

      Its really purple :)

  • Andy L

    When there’s no more room in Hell, Nash will walk the earth.

  • Swaggy C

    If he knows whats good for him, then he would sit out and play the minimal games so the Lakers can get the disabled player exception. And at the same time, he can return the favor of the lakers not using the stretch provision on him and him getting paid but mentoring Lin and Clarkson.

    • the_lorb

      This is the last year on his contract so that can’t happen. He intentionally played injured in his 10th game last year in order to guarantee he would be getting full payment in 2014-2015 and not have to deal with the insurance company to get paid.

      Fu*k that guy.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Doesn’t matter if it’s the last year of his contract. No matter how many games he played last season (15), he was going to get paid the same amount.

        • the_lorb

          If he did an injury retirement last year by playing less than 10 games, he would have been paid in full by the insurance company who guarantees the contract.

          He didn’t want to go through the insurance claim process where there is a chance they wouldn’t pay in full. Insurance NEVER likes to pay in full.

          That’s why he played injured for a few minutes in that 10th game. Greedy bastard.

          • hookedonnews

            Nash suffered a career-altering injury playing for the Lakers. It’s not greed to expect to be paid what you’re owed. And that theory about the 10th game is fantasy. This is a great player who is at the end of his career. He wants to play every game he’s able to play before he retires. His money was guaranteed in any case.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Then why did he play the 11th game? And the 12th? And the 13th? And the 14th? And the 15th? It wasn’t greed. It was a love for the game and a desire to help his team. It’s a guaranteed contract; he gets paid the full amount whether he plays or not.

      • hookedonnews

        Sorry, but you don’t have your facts straight. Nash was going to get his money regardless because he has a guaranteed contract unless he decided to retire. He was not eligible for the medical retirement even if he had not played that 10th game. You have to be unable to play, and that has to be decided by the league. It’s a rarely used provision, and he clearly didn’t qualify for it. He was healthy enough for play 5 more games, and would have played more if D’Antoni had not decided to sit him for a number of games when he was healthy and ready to go. Nash wants to play. He’s not interested in retiring until his contract is over.

        • the_lorb

          Insurance companies “guarantee” the contract. If there is a medical reason why somebody is unable to play, that insurance company pays. The team is only liable for healthy players. If you are confused about this works, research Amare’s contract with the Knicks, and how insurers wouldn’t accept the contract which left the Knicks 100% on the hook for injury.

          Steve Nash has a nerve injury that might permanently disable him if he isn’t careful. The team and league can easily find doctors that would state that point. Insurance companies fight claims though – its how they make their money. I would want to get paid the easy way too (by the Lakers).

          • hookedonnews

            You and I are talking about two different things, but either way Nash was never injured to the extent that he wasn’t going to play. The 10 game discussion was about medical retirement not insurance. And as I said, that is something that has only been used a few times for players who can no longer play. The major point is that medical retirement was never really on the table because he didn’t qualify for it. Having an injury that might potentially disable you (and he doesn’t believe that is the case) is not the criteria. You have to be unable to play. He was determined to play and earn his money. Insurance was not something that was being considered either. Whether he was paid by the insurance company or the Lakers he was going to get paid. He wasn’t concerned about that. If you want to understand who Steve Nash is, watch the Grantland videos and his interview with Chris McGee. This is a guy at the end of his career who wants to play. It’s as simple as that.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Might not be a bad idea, but Nash is still trying to play, so I don’t see a league doctor saying he is unlikely to return at all this season. Plus, it’s too late to sign anyone worthwhile with that $5 million we would gain.

  • Ultimate187

    Nash will play harder if this is his last season. He’ll do his best to end on a positive note. Lin gives Nash the time to rest and pace himself. In return, Lin and Clarkson can learn from one of the best PGs to grace the game.

    • nashrapedusgood

      quit dreaming. he’s trash.

  • nash screwed the lakers

    Hey Steve Nash, fuck you!

    • afs

      I must admit I hated seeing Nash sit on the bench for most of the season considering we surrendered draft picks and cap space. However, I disagree with your statements.
      Nash really does want to help our team win, you can hear it in is voice when he’s interviewed. Has he proven results? It’s fair to say not really. But you can’t discount his effort. His body is failing him, and he attempted (along with everyone else) to run up and down the court in the D’Antoni system.
      Also, Nash doesn’t bring JUST mentorship off the court. I say this season he and Kobe are the only true leaders on this younger team. To me, leaders are priceless. He will bring a positive and winning mentality to the locker room.

      • Alvin

        Carlos Boozer is a leader.He has a history of being a class act and a true pro that sets the standard in workouts and training also he is well spoken and a former all star and he has videos of his workouts he is the man to mentor Julius Randle on getting muscle and being fit.Great guy.

        • afs

          Agreed, I forgot about him.

    • She Farted

      WHAT UP?HECKLE STEVE NASH AT GAMES BUDDY SINCE YOU SOUND LIKE A PAYING MAD SEASON TICKET HOLDER.

      • Redemption4LA

        I agree, If he played in that 10th game while injured for the pure purpose of getting paid..then I have to question his integrity, because money is clearly the motivator. I don’t blame him at the end of the day though because FO management gave him that deal, he is just taking it seeing through to the end…but we gotta say fuck D’Antonie for allowing him to play that 10th game..he screwed the Laker as well for sure.

        • hookedonnews

          He was going to be paid regardless. That 10 game theory is nonsense. No one who knows Nash would believe that, and he wasn’t eligible for medical retirement in any case. If you want the facts, watch the Grantland videos. They explain how the medical retirement works. He didn’t qualify whether he played 10 games or not.

    • the_lorb

      He intentionally played injured in that 10th game too. He wanted to get paid in full this year, and didn’t want to have to fight the insurance company in order for that to happen.

      After doing that he admits in the documentary that he is coming back only to get paid. Nash is a piece of shit that torpedoed the Lakers this year in order to get paid easier.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        He played because he wanted to help his team. Unlike Kobe, who refused to play while healthy enough, because he didn’t care about his team.

        And would you rather go to work and get paid or quit in the middle of a contract and not get paid? Get real.

        • the_lorb

          Quit trolling.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Not trolling. Just giving the facts. I’m still a Kobe fan and will never be a Nash fan, but Kobe was a huge disappointment last season in that respect. Injury or not. Crappy team or not. I expect him to do whatever he can to help his team win.

      • hookedonnews

        Again you’re mistaken. He never said it was only about money. That was taken out of context. Watch his interview with Chris McGee if you want the facts. You can keep repeating that story about the 10th game, but it is about as far from the truth as it’s possible to get. And how did he torpedo the Lakers this year? They could have waived him or traded him if they wanted to sign someone and his salary was a problem. Believe me, if they could have signed LeBron and they needed to, they would have done that. They could still have signed a max player even with his contract on the books.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      From a Laker fan since Kareem’s farewell tour…

      Chill.

      If Nash didn’t want to retire yet, no one can tell him he has to. I don’t know if the 10-game rule even mattered since the injury happened in game 2 of the previous season. He didn’t sit 70 games in the first season; he missed 32 games. Injuries happen, and this one really isn’t anyone’s fault. If the Lakers stretched him, he probably would retire and just collect his $9.7 million from the Lakers. He’s not doing anything to the team but getting paid what they agreed to pay him.

    • hookedonnews

      Dude, you don’t have a clue. Nash played 50 games his first season in LA. The Lakers did not fail to waive Nash because they wanted to do him a favor. They still believe he can give them some valuable minutes, and they didn’t want to stretch his salary out for 3 years in any case. If there had been a PG out there that they wanted, they could have waived him, however.

      Unless you’ve got a medical degree, I don’t believe you’re qualified to advise Nash about what playing soccer is going to do to his back. His back is not the problem. It’s a nerve issue that has been the problem since he broke his leg. He says he’s having no problems right now. What about Kobe? Do you want to advise him on what he should be doing to stay healthy? Nash is not playing soccer right now. He’s in Europe with the Canadian national team because he’s their GM. I don’t think you have to worry about him being ready for the season. It doesn’t start until October, and anyone who knows anything about Nash knows he stays in shape. I’m sure he will be spending plenty of time with his Canadian trainer because he wants to end his career on a high note.

      Maybe you don’t want Nash mentoring Lin & Clarkson, but I can assure you that no one else feels that way. Nash can play and mentor younger players at the same time. He did that in Phoenix with Dragic, and it appears to have worked pretty well.

      You and all the other people who are obsessed with that 10th game nonsense need to figure out that he was never eligible for medical retirement whether he played 10 games or not. He was never going to retire because he was still able to play, and would have played more games than he did if D’Antoni had not kept him sitting out after he was healthy. It helps to get the facts. I’m sure no one is more disappointed that Nash about what has gone down in LA, but he has never wanted anything but to play and make a difference for this team. Not his fault that he suffered that broken leg anymore than Kobe’s 2 injuries the last 2 seasons were his fault. The lack of respect among some fans for a player like Nash is appalling. It’s almost embarrassing.

  • nash screwed the lakers

    Who the fuck gives a shit if Nash mentors Lin because he will probably be gone when his contract expires at the end of next season.

  • Superstar Julius

    BREAKING NEWS:Jim Buss gives Steve Nash a 10 year extension for $2 BILLION.

  • Nashrapedusgood

    He thinks it’s his last season? What’s he smoking? IT IS your last paycheck dude. Who’s gonna be stupid enough to pay you a penny at 41. Useless garbage.

  • VulkanKrusader

    Geeze you think so? Retire? He might as well, dude admitted to being around just to collect this money. All this would have never happened if fucking Stern let us keep Chris Paul, but nooooooo, they gave him to Sterling instead, ruining Kobe’s chances of a 6th ring cuz people got mad we was winning again.

  • KB24

    After nash retirement, he can be with gary payton is asst. coach
    HC:SCOTT(princeton offense,less offense but more team defense)
    ASST.C:GARY PAYTON(teach the guys how to play D individually
    ASST.C: NASH(mentor young studs pg skills at the same time, can help lakers to improve their offense)

  • Redemption4LA

    Last season should have been his last season..hopefully the Lakers can get something out him this year..production on the floor would be nice, maybe for the season good health, mentoring for the young pg’s. Even if you can’t play major minutes your role can still be important and beneficial to the team

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I agree on this year. Play 6-8 minutes at the beginning of each half, teach Lin and Clarkson how to run an offense the way he used to (and the way we saw glimpses of from Blake last year). Then come off the books and let us go get a solid SF/Center next season.

  • Nashir Mohammed

    Nash should be able to give 10 minutes a week…hoping Lin starts and jordan clarkson gets the most of the minutes (and hopefully takes the starting gig). They could use Nash for technical free throws n stuff like that.

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