Steve Nash On His Career Coming To An End: ‘It Really...

Steve Nash On His Career Coming To An End: ‘It Really Is Like A Death’


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Steve Nash will go down as one of the best point guards the NBA has ever seen. Unfortunately, the two-time Most Valuable Player has dealt with injuries in his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Nash recently spoke with Nate Scott from USA Today to promote his partnership with travel concierge Beck & Score for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the phone conversation, Nash talked about how these injuries have affected him:

I felt like with injuries and the place I was in, I felt like my game was disappearing without any warning, and it put me in a really dark place. It may sound superficial, but it made me feel scared and anxious.

With his career coming to an end, Nash compares this situation to a death:

[A lot of people] never got that severance, a time to grieve and say goodbye, it really is like a death. You’re so passionate about it, you put so much energy and drive into it and then, all of a sudden, it’s just gone.

Signing a three-year, $27 million contract with the Lakers in 2012, his last years with the purple and gold have been nothing but a disappointment for the most part.

At the age of 40, the two-time MVP has only been able to play 65 games in the past two seasons. As a starter and role player this season, Nash averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists in 20.9 minutes.

Nash is currently in the final year of his contract where he is set to receive $9.7 million. While the Lakers have the stretch provision available, they won’t likely use it on Nash. Although Nash acknowledged the Lakers can’t rely on him, he can still be a valuable piece off the bench or even as a mentor if the team drafts a point guard.
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  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    Yea – he is a shell of his former self. It was sad to watch him play

  • Godfrey Uche

    Steve Nash I feel your pains and I am praying you get well and surprise the odds against you.

  • RustBucketNash

    You washed up retire already.

  • Nashir Mohammed

    make him the coach. win-win situation.

  • Andy L

    9,7M$… I wonder what Kareem got when he mentored Bynum.

    • richard

      NAsh signed a contract… at the time of his signing, he was still one of the top PG in the league… no comparison there/… just totally absurd to even mention the two situation.

  • Andre

    I can’t watch Steve Nash play anymore it’s just too sad.Retire with courage.

  • VillainKing™

    Its sad to see Nash retire but it is the right way..

  • The Voice of Reason 24

    Die hard Lakers fan since the day I was born here. One of the best memories I have with my father was of us going to game 2 of the 2002 NBA Finals. It’s sad to watch but this is the end of an era. I don’t think we will win a ring with Kobe as the main guy. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong and I hope to God he does but that window of opportunity is but a sliver now. On that note, I’m kind of disgusted with some of the hate that Steve Nash gets. Yes, he’s taking $9 million this upcoming year that he probably wont be that useful for on the court wise, but his off the court value is immense. Imagine the benefits of having one of the greatest point guards in NBA history mentor an NBA prospect? I don’t doubt that any one of the top guards in the draft this year, like Dante (fingers crossed) would benefit greatly from having Nash as one of his mentors. It isn’t Steve Nash’s fault that he gets injured. It isn’t Steve Nash’s fault that his body hates him. He’s just clinging on this dream. No one on this board is a professional athlete and can imagine the absolute love for the game they must have. I know how much I love the sport I played in high school and can you imagine that being your livelihood and it’s gone without the goal you’ve been working for your whole life? Nash deserves a lot more respect than he’s getting from the Lakers Nation. We’re better than this. Purple and Gold forever.

    • richard

      Yeah, and I was a LAker fan even before my parents were born… common man… you don’t have to keep saying it all the time… you are like a 5 year old kid looking for attention. grow up and just say your piece… why keep saying, “I have been a fan since birth”… that’s …* cant say the word!

  • Chrmngblly

    In truth, the Lakers don’t really need to draft a point guard since they already have Kendall Marshall, as far as having a young stud who wants to learn to play like Nash. Marshall is so much like a young Steve Nash already that it creeps me out a little bit. I hope that Nash recognizes the chance he has to be a basketball father to Kendall Marshall and starts mentoring the young man.

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      kendall marshall a young steve nash? with no shot or lateral quickness – sorry bully i believe your wrong here

      • Chrmngblly

        Hey Boss.
        I didn’t mean they were clones. What I mean is that they are both slow and see the court extremely well. Marshall’s college coach called him the best pass-first point guard he has seen in 30 years. High praise. I can only imagine how rough Nash was as a rookie since I never saw Nash play the three years he rode the pine. KM has such rare qualities and in such huge amounts that I don’t want to give him up just yet. He could turn out to be something very special.
        I think the jury should be out on his shot, too, btw. First, he knows when not to shoot, a rare quality on last year’s team. I think his 3 will improve.
        Also, did you notice the little floater he was taking off of either elbow the last few games? That is a Nash shot he learned to make the defenses pay for not defending him and just plugging the lane. I like that the kid learns and is humble—unlike DP…:-)

  • hookedonnews

    Hope he can finish his career relatively healthy. He can still play, but not when he can barely walk. If history is any indicator he will do all he can to be ready to play. He deserves some good luck and so do the Lakers. Hoping for everyone to stay healthy next season.