VIDEO: Steve Nash Reacts To Critics In Part Three Of “The Finish...

VIDEO: Steve Nash Reacts To Critics In Part Three Of “The Finish Line”


The end is drawing near for veteran point guard Steve Nash in terms of his playing days in the NBA. The last two seasons have been brutal on Nash’s body and it appears the time may have come to retire than continue to battle through injuries.

In the third installment of Grantland’s The Finish Line, Nash responds to the constant criticism and plea from the fans to simply retire rather than draw out the process.

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Clearly, Nash continues to struggle with the prospect of letting go and calling it a career. One part of this third installment from Grantland that is interesting is that Nash admits to holding on in order to get paid along with wanting to quiet his critics.

Ironically enough, the same day the third episode was released, Nash was shut down for the season by head coach Mike D’Antoni.
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  • Laker Illuminati

    Awh man come on dude.. it’s a wrap man… Just bouce man so we can all move on.

    • Kay Carter

      that jersey in your profile pic yours? or an online pic? lol

  • cyborgspider

    Laker fans have just suffered the biggest trolling by a player in the history of their franchise.

    Paraphrasing: “All I wanna do is play”. 10th game played, removing possibility of medical retirement cap relief. “It’s ok, I can stand aside and let others play now. I’m happy with that”


    • hookedonnews

      Not really getting your logic. He could have taken the medical retirement and gotten all the money without the headaches. Are you saying he wanted to make sure his salary counted against the salary cap? That is a nice theory, but I’m afraid you’re in tin foil hat territory if you believe it.

      • fakerstolakers

        Nash is being selfish. He is invalid and he is dragging the team down.

        If I am Jim, I would buy him out.

        So long partner.

        • hookedonnews

          According to what I heard last night, he could be playing right now. Why should he retire to please you if he’s able to play? I don’t think that’s the way you handle your business. You do what’s best for you and your family (if you have one).

          Some fans seem to expect Nash to act like a humanitarian to benefit a team that has more money than he’ll ever have. He wants to play, and he has a contract. Nothing selfish about that. You probably think he can’t help the team if he plays, but I don’t agree.

          I don’t know what Jim will do. But Nash is going to get his money regardless. We might as well have him on the court. We could have used him last night.

          • fakerstolakers

            If Nash makes $10, and the tax is $20, you throw, the 10 out to save 20, you will still be ahead 10.
            However, I do appreciate your humanitarian side.

          • hookedonnews

            Not sure I understand your math. Bottom line–he’s going to get his money. We might as well have him on the court if he’s healthy. They don’t wait to spread his salary out over 3 years which is what would have to be done if they waive him. They want it all off the books in one year.

  • Laker Fan 1

    bill simmons notorious laker hater is executive producer. Its a fucking conspiracy I knew it

    • vdogg

      agreed. btw, how appropriate is it that bill simmons’ initials are what they are???

  • ra

    It’s just ‘Buss money’, essentially. So, if the Buss’s want to take a hit, that’s up to them.

    But worse, if they don’t realize that the Lakers brand is in jeopardy, then the Jerry Buss fortune will start to dwindle, and they won’t have deep pockets to re-tool the team.

    They have $4Billion with Time Warner for a few years. They better tool up now.

    Also, please note: the Lakers ‘integrity’ was built on Dr. Buss’s integrity. So, being honorable and honoring Steve Nash by paying him even though he doesn’t play, is showing the league that the Lakers take care of their players. This is good at establishing Franchise integrity. Just like, when last year, the Lakers didn’t attempt to trade DH in Feb. – they were standing by him, even though they got screwed by not pursuing equal assets from the league, with a trade. In the long run, it helped them to cut cap, which was savings in $$, of course (wouldn’t you?).

    But, Jim Buss has ‘yet’ to establish integrity. He has yet to establish a perception of good relations to the league, to set up a comfort level for superstars to feel good about coming here. Yes, everyone wants to play for the Lakers. I would! But we need ‘superstars’ to want to play for the Lakers. That’s Buss’s job to do that. Jeanie Buss has better public relations than Jim, and could establish that level of comfort. Jim is clearly ‘alienating’. That needs to change. He needs to start by ‘un-alienating’ his sister – if you screw your own family without regard, then how can people trust you if they want to play for the team?

    Be careful, Busses.

    • Zimmeredge

      that’s the reason why it will be “easier” to bring in young talents via draft (to their eyes Lakers still represent something huge, Kobe Bryant is there, fanbase etc etc) and that’s why i’m pushing for this solution next summer. it will benefit in the long term reconstruction process.
      nash puts us in a complicated situation though. he’s got a huge contract. i don’t understand him really.

  • Terry Shelton

    When is the last time Steve Nash had a healthy season. Dude is a shell of himself. It is sad to see a veteran at the end of his career say I am holding on because of the money. When your body starts to fail you like his has its time. In this case, way past time.
    After Fisher we need a true young point guard. Instead the Buss’s and Mitch Kupchak invested in an old washed up player. Look at who you are trying to beat in the west. San Antonio, Oklahoma, and The Clippers all have a young quick point guard. Not to mention the up and coming teams. Kobe should have saved his last 2 years of frustration and went with Phil and I am a die hard Lakers fan who bleeds purple and gold since 1980.

    • Grant

      He had a pretty healthy season in his last year with the Suns before the Lakers got him. He played 60+ games, and most of the games he missed that year are when the Suns sat him out on the 2nd night of back to backs. It’s just plain rotten luck with the Lakers.

    • hookedonnews

      He had a healthy season in 2012 when he was the league leader in assists and an All-Star. That was the same year he came to the Lakers. His body is not falling apart. He broke his leg and the nerve issues come from that. He was far from washed up when he came to the Lakers.

      • L

        Unfortunately Damian Lillard happened.

        • hookedonnews


      • fool

        I get it you like this Canadian Steve Nash. But, at age 37, when he came to the Lakers two years ago, he was way past his prime.

        Prime in Basketball is around 24 to 30. Shaq, when down after 30. Kobe has been slowed since 2010, he was 31, on and one.

        Even the great Joardan, slowed down after the age 30, he was playing “smart bbal”. He was not flying all over the place anymore.

        You mean Nash was prime two years ago.

        Who are you fooling?

        • hookedonnews

          I never said Nash was in his prime 2 years ago. I said he led the league in total assists and was an All-Star. Those are facts. I never said he was the Nash of 2004, but he is not the average player. He is a health food and exercise nut. He takes better care of himself than anyone in the league. If he hadn’t broken his leg we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Yes, Kobe has slowed down, but he had a great season last year until he injured his Achilles. Age is just a number when you’re dealing with guys like this. No, they’re not in their prime, but they can still play at a high level. Shaq is not relevant because he didn’t take care of himself.

    • lakers

      Knicks do not want Kobe’s contract. What you said it all true except.

  • Marty Susman

    Laker fans don’t owe Steve Blake “anything”. He for all purpose did nothing for the team other then take up CAP money & we own him NOTHING. Yes he was a great Point BUT NOT for the Lakers & I have said it a dozen plus times, if in fact he had any class, he would have already gone out on a medical & had his down the drain salary off our CAP space….He still can do that so we will see……I wish he & the high school coach would never have been here, both have done ZIP…i am not a hater, “he was great, but not a Laker…

    • Zimmeredge

      Steve Blake? or Steve Nash :)

      • Marty Susman

        OOPPPS, Steve Nash, thkx

      • Marty Susman

        Blake was a good player for us, shame he had to go for so little in return, I think ????

        • hookedonnews

          I thought it was a good trade. Bazemore is a keeper, and Blake can come back next season if the Lakers want him. It was good for Blake, too, because he has a chance to play in the post-season.

          • fool

            Lakers are a championship team. Nash can stay, Blake can come back etc… non of these players are NBA RING caliber.

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t agree about Nash, but you are right that most of the players on this team are role players at best. They can be above average bench players, but they need top-level players to compete for a championship. They will get those in free agency in the next couple of years (and hopefully in the draft this season), and the young guys will get better just like Jodie Meeks has improved since last season. I like Blake, but I don’t know if it makes sense to bring him back unless he wants to play for the minimum. They will acquire a top PG either through the draft or later in free agency.

      • useless

        both are useless.

        • Zimmeredge

          at least Blake was there to put on 10/5/10

    • hookedonnews

      That’s not how contracts work. You give someone a guaranteed contract and you owe them the money. Not his fault he broke his leg. Class has nothing to do with it. You and a bunch of other people want him to do what you want, but things don’t work that way either. No player on the planet has ever done what you expect him to do. He wants to play, and he has a contract. If you are not a hater, you give a good imitation of one. You may get your wish if the Lakers waive him, but the team won’t be any better for it. It will just keep his salary on the books for 3 years instead of 1, and there will be no elite PGs available until the next year or 2. If he can play he’ll help the team. If he doesn’t, it won’t make that much difference because they’re not going to go after another PG this off-season anyway IMO.

      • Marty Susman

        Sorry, you are 100% correct, I sat and corrupted…

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I hope Steve Nash just retires with some integrity.This experience failed long ago.

    • fool

      This experience of experiment failed last year in the playoffs.

      Nash, Gasol, DH. They could not even compete.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jim Buss must put his foot down and restore order and make some popular moves.

  • Nashir Mohammed

    this is no conspiracy. steve nash is a great player. he is being misused…at this stage he can contribute like fisher and ray allen. just not as a starter! limit the minutes, put him in situation where they need those free throws and good shooting. ray allen was garbage his last season in boston and always injured with all those starter minutes. look at him now smiling with that 2nd ring. fine $9M is alot for a bench player but an intelligent basketball decision would be to have him on the bench. no back to backs. limit the minutes (something mike d doesn’t know how to do!)….10-15 mins a game is doable.

    • Zimmeredge

      misused? limited minutes? d’antoni never used used him for more than 20 minutes… how can the guy contribue if he gets injured all alone, on his own. it’s the nerves that is damaged he can’t do much about it.

    • fool

      He past his prime ten years ago….What great are we talking about.

      Anyone can run up and down.

      DEFENSE! He cannot cover any of the other 30 PG anymore..

      • fool

        He never did play defense, now if totally gone.

  • Tom Hammond

    If he is healthy he is great and deserves to chance to play.

  • Kenneth C. Taitt

    not sure how I feel right now about what his motivation is….but I hope he can get better.

  • $20509373

    Even Ali didn’t know when to give it up. I respect the effort he puts into play but it’s obvious his body can’t hold up anymore.

  • Martin

    Nash is still a Laker?

    • fool

      That is why they are last in the West.

  • hookedonnews

    He also said he loves to play. Almost every article I’ve seen about this emphasizes the money aspect and ignores the rest. Let’s not pretend that anyone is going to walk off and leave $9 million on the table. If the money was the only factor he would have taken the medical retirement and gotten the money without all the rehab and other stuff he’s doing trying to get back on the court.

    • fool

      Why should her retire. He is on the Court, he is making tons of endorsement in Canada. So it is all about him. Not the Lakers.

      • hookedonnews

        Who do you think it’s about for 100% of players in the NBA? Name one player who has retired and left millions of dollars on the table just to benefit a team who could cut him anytime they feel like it and have done it to plenty of other players. This is a business, and players do what is best for them. It’s not rocket science. Nash is one of the most unselfish players to ever play, but he’s not so rich that he’s going to walk away from all that money and leave the game he loves to play to please fans who disrespect him every day.

  • Kay Carter

    Nash should just retire, he was a great player back then…..even stole MVP from Kobe but it’s over, he’s a top 15 can even be argued as top 10 pg

    Nash on this team, will not make us any better…he haven’t done anything since coming here, can be a fisher type player with his 3 but other than that he contributes nothing and have nd also had no D…..just retire please

  • Peter Maguire

    Awesome – He needs to read more articles and comprehend that the good years and good days are not enough to ‘want’ to play ByE now Steve Nash – it just wasn’t meant to be.

  • Peter Maguire

    Time to think about stealing Lilliard, Wall, Irving, or even Westbrook – they have o spend some serious money and say goodbye to Nash and probably Pau too. KLove has to be a huge name in the mix, also Mello but both are not great defenders. I would love to see Pau get traded for something but is he even trade bait with his inconsistent play and lack of aggressive take over the game and dominate passive play this year. Definitely the biggest spending off-season the Lakers have ever had is on the way or they are mediocre at best.

    • hookedonnews

      None of those PGs you mentioned is available for next season. Nash will be gone after next season and his salary will be off the books, and they can go after anyone they want. Next year is going to be better than this year because hopefully everyone will be healthy, but they are not going to be able to get the kind of players that can make a real difference until 2015/2016. Fans are just going to have to be patient. There aren’t any great players available this year who are going to be coming to LA unless LeBron decides to go West.