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Steve Nash On Money Comments: ‘Felt Right To Be Open’

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Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash may have played his last game in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. Nash is well aware of the fact that his career could be coming to an end, but wants to continue battling and hopes to return.

The veteran point guard is under contract for one more season with the Lakers and will be paid a premium ($9.7 million) in the process. Nash wants to continue playing the game he’s come to love after 18 years in the NBA and doesn’t regret saying that he wants the lucrative sum he’s set to earn next season.

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Nash talked about feeling right in the Grantland.com series, The Finish Line, about wanting to earn $9.7 million he’s owed next season according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the immediate future for Nash. Many have speculated that the Lakers will use the stretch provision on the veteran in the off-season. This would force the team to pay the $9.7 million to Nash over the next three years, but it would impact the team’s cap space for three years rather than paying it in full next year.

Although there’s been no final decision on whether Nash will released by the team, simply retire or be retained, all signs point to the veteran playing out the rest of his contract.
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  • Daryl Peek

    “By the time I got healthy they asked me to sit down” –Steve Nash

    This was clearly by the time the Blake trade had gone down as player development became the mandate. Most Laker fans were stuck on the blame game agenda while crucifying both MDA and Nash but freak injuries simply forced this stance. Nash’s exit interview was very revealing…

    • Sixers Lost Again

      I don’t think it so much Lakers fans were crucifying anyone they just hate losing and are spoiled by all the previous success and they want to see Nash playing every game and dropping 15 PPG and 10 APG while leading the Lakers towards the finals and they want MDA to be Phil Jackson out there and win this franchise 5 championships while winning 50+ games every season and in the process they want the defense in the top 5 of the NBA and the rebounding in the top 5.

      Yeah Lakers fans were spoiled for far too long and some have become delusional in their expectations and they are not seeing any hope now and they are lashing out and voicing their displeasure with MDA and Nash along with anyone else high in the Lakers brass.That’s just the way sports fans are,i have come to accept and i understand it no need to keep fighting and arguing these delusional fans it’s a waste of time and it’s time to just get a life.Enjoy life this is nonsense.These fans will always have high expectations and they are rude about it and they demand firings and trades.

      • Daryl Peek

        They were absolutely crucifying both, and Jimmy was a targer of choice also. The ESPN First Take mob is what I call them and Magic was a problem as he brought into the hype in letting his emotions get the best of him also.

        • Chrmngblly

          Thank God you haven’t been affected by this hysteria, DP. Crucifixion, you say? Even Magic Johnson has been swept up by this emotionalism? Are you the only one who saw through all this, or were there others? And you say it is all just hype? Thank you so much for bringing the tablets down from Mt. Sinai.

        • Spitfire

          I always admired Magic as a player before but it has subsided since he bashed the Lakers FO in the mediA. Kupchack has said it well that Magic doesnt know the in and outs of the current CBA. Those comments of Magic at Lakers FO has brainwashed most of the clueless lakers fans (fairweather) and turned the fans ire to the FO which is absolutely crap.

          • Jim213

            Clueless are ye?, no matter what anyone say’s anyone who’s contributed to those banners (atop, especially 5) has the right to speak freely. This is a business FO’s product on the floor, the coach and his staff get blame for the lack of defense and rotations. Clueless yourself, stick to working for the man or try reading a book sometime.

          • Spitfire

            And you are one of the clueless

          • Jim213

            need to look at yourself for that… mindless person. Use your brain.

          • Daryl Peek

            Business saw an almost ten year NBA finals drought under West and Dr. Buss in the 90′s. History man, there’s always ups and downs. The pressure is futile as the FO will do what they need to do, ask Kobe because he believes.

          • Jim213

            Had this conversation plenty of times… don’t expect a ring all of a sudden but why I expect is a competitive team that represents the history correctly.

            Even if the Lakers lost in the playoffs many would still likely complain. For myself is keeping up (consistency) with what the Lakers are known for being the most consistent brand in the league.

            A competitive team that puts their best effort forward and leaves it all on the court is what I expect not effortless times.

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t think you saw effortless games this season. People like Jeff Van Gundy and other NBA guys always commented on the way the team continued to play hard. They were overwhelmed by the injuries and the level of talent. You can’t be really competitive without the talent or some kind of stability in your lineup.

          • Jim213

            Showing little effort defensively is not giving one’s best. Injuries hurt, but it’s about being prepared to play on any given night. Yes, these players have been known for being 2nd rate but it’s business. No different from any other job where one is expected to meet certain basic standards.

            “You can’t be really competitive without the talent or some kind.” ? This is the NBA everyone has to have some talent to play in the league. Excuse? Let’s not forget that many of these year’s acquisitions have been 1st rounders thus been seen as having talent over others.

            But this is why the responsibility lies on FO no matter what some think. They’re responsible for bringing in the talent to help give some leeway to the one’s carrying most of the load.

            Didn’t expect them to make the playoffs with all the injuries to the star players but best to find 3 to 4 role players for the starting rotation this off season given that it may take close to 50 wins now to just land one of the bottom playoff seeds.

          • hookedonnews

            Yes, some of these guys were first-rounders, but they flamed out with other teams. If they had been able to have the same guys game in and game out they might have been better able to compete defensively even though they didn’t have top-level talent. Of course, the FO bears some responsibility just like the CBA is a major factor. But for the most part they were out-manned and out-gunned. I saw effort from these guys, but in the end you’ve got to have the talent to compete.

          • Jim213

            Not playing defense is given effort? Disagree, but your view.

          • hookedonnews

            You’ll have to give me specifics because every game is different–different opponent, fatigue, etc. You can try and still be bad defensively. I don’t think poor defense and lack of effort are synonymous. Sometimes you just get run off the floor by a better team.

          • Daryl Peek

            92-94 was no different than this past season… 39-43 & 33-49. A competitive team is not always fielded. Sometimes you have to reboot and there’s nothing you can do to prevent that.

          • Jim213

            Smh, excuses to not showing basic standards. Why keep bringing up the past? Different times with the CBA as FO will need to adjust accordingly. Major accountability goes to the FO.

            That’s where the issues need to be addressed to tho seems some go around them but end up in the same place being the FO. Daryl needs to stop with the excuses and direct accountability to the ones who initiate change.

          • Daryl Peek

            What you call excuses history shows as reality, something you can’t seem to comprehend? Accountability is in the win loss column that needs to be addressed just as it did in the past. Jim needs to stop acting like he knows more than the paid professionals. No team gets it right all of the time bottom line.

          • Jim213

            Definitely Jim (basketball operations) needs to stop believing he knows more than the pro’s.lol Agree, tho that bad times come to all (for the 10th thousand time). but it’s not an excuse to making bad business moves.hopefully they’ve learned and adjust accordingly.

          • Daryl Peek

            Of course you know when I say Jim, I’m talking about you.

          • Jim213

            Why the insults DP? Smh, But knew what you meant as hopefully it has nothing to do with some memes or prior statements. Everyone gets blame and needs to be held to a high regard DP! no excuses (pun). Brought this up awhile back too. Don’t take it personal DP, BUSINESS! (pun)

            But after viewing most of the team exits and Kupcake’s 40 minute conference not certain which direction they’re moving. For one Mitch mentions that they’ll be trying to acquire a starting PG this summer. But looking at the top PG’s for the season everyone os pretty much taken tho Kyle Lowry and Isaiah Thomas (top 10) are available.

            Rather than keeping Marshall I’d gone with trying to acquire Isaiah Thomas who can be signed for cheap but it really comes down to who’ll be coaching next season. If Mike remains they’ll be looking for depth at the PF , C positions b/c no one who’d likely return IMO aside of Sacre (signed). Out of all the top pg’s K Irving will be the only one possibly available if he negates from signing an extension (summer 2014) which may place him on the trade block IMO, best option available given the deep pool of pg’s in the Pacific division.

          • Daryl Peek

            No insults, at least not like you calling the FO inept. As a long time Laker fan you should be above the fair-weather fan/ESPN First Take blame game. We all know the history and as Kupchak mentioned in his exit interview, review “this is not the worst he’s seen it” and I agree with that assessment as it has been worse given all of the circumstances involved. I’ve been preaching this all along.

            Accountability? What makes you think no one is being held accountable? What makes you think they are just resting on laurels with no fret of all that has happened? Every franchise faces down times. No FO gets it right all of the time either, and many things that have happened were things that could not be predicted. Again the masses are looking for a scapegoat when blood is in the water (Dr. Buss’s passing) and are packaging the bad stuff into a skewed hindsight view. As we’ve argued in the past, losing under Randy Pfund was much worse than this as freak injuries had nothing to do with the then TWO lost seasons. 04-05 was a nightmare also but the fever pitch was not on this level. Many of the moves made over the past few season were praised highly at inception but have not panned out, that’s all. Mistakes were made, much of them pertaining to the change in the way business is done per the new CBA. As I’ve argued with you in the past also, ring chasing is the reason for that. When you have a dynamic player like a Kobe you’re more than likely going to spend to win now. There’s a down the road price to pay for that.

            As for players that may or may not be kept going forward or FA targets goes, the plan of cap flexibility has to be a consideration as the FO has been weaning off the ring now chase that got them in the financial mess. This is nothing but a normal ebb and flow of the dynasty building cycle. A new way has to be forged as Kobe’s all in request cannot be rushed into. I wont go into who needs to be kept or targeted as it’s too early to be putting eggs in a basket right now in speculation. I’ve said this all along also and it has been confirmed by the FO. I’m sure they have an idea who they’d like but that does not mean it will come to fruition at this stage of the game.

          • Jim213

            Don’t watch First Take but have to give light to the main issues that IMO have stagnated the process which will only prolong the turn around phase. I’ve said plenty of times #rollwithit b/c truth there’s nothing that anyone outside the circle can do to change FO’s plans. We can just hope that they eventually get it right.

            Even many off my meme post’s mean something other than your so call ‘execution’ of a player of the FO. Humor goes a long way to diffuse situations. Last thing I’d want to view on this site would be non-diehards posting 70+ posts about the team’s current situation or dismal season.

            IMO, it’d had been best if the coach or someone within the FO came out and said that they acknowledge the bad season for what it is (accountability) to shut everyone up tho injuries have hurt any possibility to be playoff bound. Jeanie tried to do this to some extent in her last interview with TWC but being that she handles the business side she’s not the issue which correlates more to basketball operations.

            However, truthfully Kobe shouldn’t have a say with regards to deciding the future direction of the team (given his 2 or 3 years remaining before retirement). However, he’s still going to want the best product on the floor that can help him to achieve his objective 9being a 6th ring). But success comes to having the right pieces in place which won’t come with the current coach but that is up to FO to determine even it may possibly take an extra year #rollwithit.

          • Daryl Peek

            “IMO, it’d had been best if the coach or someone within the FO came out and said that they acknowledge the bad season for what it is”

            Jeanie has done that, D’Antoni & Mitch did also. What more do you want? Groveling? Dr. Buss was never expected to do such things. West and Kupchak often were the ones up front speaking on things. Jeanie is the obvious better communicator and should be the face that delivers the collective message as she did. Communications is what Dr. Buss groomed her for.

          • Daryl Peek

            BTW, Isaiah Thomas will not come cheap at all! He’s not going to command elite level pay just yet but you best believe he will garner at least MLE or above pay on a loner term contract. 5-8 mil a season is what I’d expect at minimum. The Kings own his Bird rights and will match and exceed any offer for him.

          • Jim213

            Possibly, but they have over $66 mil tied up in salary for next season. So don’t see them over paying Isaiah or matching anything over $5 mil for him. Especially if they end up acquiring a player the likes of Marcus Smart come draft time.

  • Ed Chavez

    Nash has done close to nothing while with LA. Talk about a busted deal.

    • hookedonnews

      That’s a broad overstatement. If you’ll look back at last season after he came back from the broken leg and before the nerve issues hit you’ll see he did contribute. He has seen limited action this season, but has been very effective in the games he’s played since coming back in February. Injuries happen. Derrick Rose has done nothing for the Bulls the last 2 seasons and has made a lot more money. No one knows what he’ll do when he returns. Same for Kobe. We all assume he’ll come back and play great, but we don’t know what will happen. Nash came to the Lakers healthy. A freak injury changed all that. Stuff happens.

    • Josh

      He was healthy when he signed the deal, so don’t blame the front office for that one. And he has done quite a bit even with the injuries. As soon as he showed up, Steve Blake started playing like vintage Nash–probing the lane, looking for shooters or finding a shot he liked for himself. I watched a Spurs broadcast of the game the other night, and whoever was announcing commented on how much Nash has helped in Kendall Marshall’s development as well. If he’s helping other players improve, he’s doing plenty, especially if we bring in a young point guard this summer.

  • Sixers Lost Again

    Nash deserves to retire when he chooses to.

    • Fred Elliott Sr.

      Pay Nash a lump sum take him off the books, pay D’antoni to play golf ( like you did with can’t coach Brown ) and hire Scott and Cooper to coach. Even I can do Cupcake’s job !

  • hookedonnews

    Anyone who says that they would walk away from $9.7 million when they still believe they can play at a high level is lying. No one would do that. Of course, it wasn’t only about the money, but that’s the way it was taken by people who hadn’t seen the entire interview or watched all the Grantland videos.

    • jackmouve

      Man, all Nash was say was that he wanted to EARN the money playing basketball and not be paid to leave. But IMO, just having a guy like that in practice, in the locker room and on the bench is almost worth the money for his leadership alone.

      • hookedonnews

        I agree, and I think he’s proven he can still play.

    • Spitfire

      Most of the fans here doesnt even read the whole article, they just post comment and that’s it. Mostly dont even search for other Lakers video interviews or reports from credible sources. You can see all of them saying the exact same things over and over again. Which is either “Fire MDA”, “We want Phil”, and “Jim Buss is an idiot” BS comments since last year cos their lack of knowledge about their team is the reason why. And another thing is, those clueless fans ONLY uses this page as their Lakers source, i only come here for video interview of players and NOT because of the writers, cos some writers only picks a little quote that can create stir without posting the whole reports which is very different from the actual context.

      • hookedonnews

        Agree. There’s a lot of information out there, but most don’t bother to look for it.

    • imbwar

      Too piggy back off those comments… Steve was hurt in a Laker uniform, hurt on the job and has a signed guaranteed contract… he deserves that money, he earned that money…

      • hookedonnews

        I agree, and I think he’ll be able to help the team next season. He’s worked hard to get healthy, and he’ll continue to do everything he can to stay on the court. He’s proven that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to continue to play.

        • imbwar

          I agree, I WAS one of those guys that thought he was done, however after listening to his exit interview I think that he will be back and playing, he may not play 35/38 mins a game but I do believe that he’ll play that 25 mins (money time minutes) and contribute quality minutes… I hope he is back and the other pg on the team should pray that Nash comes back…

          • hookedonnews

            They really need him because they only have Marshall & Farmar. Farmar has been injured a lot this season, and Marshall’s offensive game needs work. Nash can help both of them be better players, and the team just looks different when he’s on the floor. He kept them in that last game he played on one leg. There are very few players who would do what he’s done to try and play. Kobe is the only other player I can think of who would have done it.

          • imbwar

            Yes, exactly… Kendall even said that he’d even video taped Nash shooting workouts, talked and questioned him about preparation. Nash will be back and I’m excited to see what he brings to the table.

  • Fred Elliott Sr.

    I don’t BLAME Nash for taking money from a stupid son running a team into the ground who knew he wasn’t the NASH we knew he had been because he ALWAYS had to lay on the floor because his back was hurting. If they want to pay me and I’m 57 but used to have a great jumper I only want 3 million for the next 10 years.

    • hookedonnews

      He laid on the floor so his back wouldn’t stiffen up. That didn’t keep him out of games. He was an All-Star in 2012 and the league leader in total assists. His problems in LA are all about the broken leg and the nerve issues that came from that. No one saw that coming.

  • Lakers4Life

    The best thing for the Lakers at this point is to see Nash go byebye along with Dumbtoni. The season’s over folks! The news will come out over the next week or two.

  • TheTruthKills

    I actually appreciate Nash’s honesty. I know I wouldn’t walk away from that type of money. At least he makes an effort to play. He could easily pack it in and just collect is check like a bum. But he’s not that guy.

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