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Steve Nash retirement rumors gain momentum despite lack of basis in reality

Nov 19, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

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Steve Nash just looked deflated when he was leaving the arena after the last game he tried to play for the Lakers — you could see it in his face. He has been battling the same nerve/back issue for a year now and he is understandably frustrated.

But he was also clear that he was not going to give up on this — he does not want to leave the game this way. He plans to work through it.

Nash is a fighter who doesn’t give up, been that way his entire career.

Despite that it has been the dream of some Lakers fans that he would walk away and give them even more cap space next summer and that fantasy gained momentum Tuesday thanks to long time NBA writer Peter Vecsey:

I don’t know Vecsey’s source, he’s been around a long time and has a lot of them. I can just tell you nobody around the Lakers or Nash is saying or seemingly thinking anything like that, certainly not in the short term. Basically, nobody that knows him well is talking retirement.

Here is what Mike D’Antoni said after the Lakers practice, as quoted by Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Is it possible Nash can’t get past this and retires? Yes. Nobody in the league is more in tune with their body or takes more steps to stay healthy than Nash, if he can’t shake it after a year it is serious.

But a mid-season retirement, don’t bet on it.

Even if he does go that route, getting a medical retirement from the league is far from easy — he has to play less than 10 games this season, plus both the Lakers doctor and a League doctor have to sign off on the idea that with more treatment he could not play. Besides, what do the Lakers gain between now and he end of the season by pushing him out the door if he doesn’t bounce back from this? A roster spot on a borderline playoff team? They will be patient with this and let Nash make his decision in his time.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    He has no incentive to retire, he needs to get healthy whether he plays again or not.
    I just hope that he recognizes when the time comes, and doesn’t become the latest guy who kept going when his body said stop.

  2. antistratfordian - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Nash will be 40 in a few months. It’s not unrealistic.

    Elgin Baylor did it… Nash might… two of the greatest ringless players retiring mid-season while on the Lakers. Could happen. I doubt the Lakers are going to win 33 straight games after Nash retires though.

    • Anoesis - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Baylor retired nine games into the ’71-’72 season without having played any games. He badly injured his knee in the ’65 playoffs and was never the same. And technically he does have a ring.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        Baylor played 9 games that season averaging 11.8 ppg – but he sensed that a benching was imminent and said adios!

        Sure, they gave him a ring… but, you know… that ain’t no rang.

  3. mogogo1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    “Steve Nash just looked deflated when he was leaving the arena after the last game he tried to play the Lakers”

    Possibly he was deflated because he was playing against the team that employs him? Looks like a “for the” is missing before Lakers in that sentence.

    • Anoesis - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      So your correction is “for the the?” It’s Helin. He likes to leave insignificant errors in so us losers have something to discover and critique. This is how he knows someone has read his stuff.

  4. philtration - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    “Steve Nash retirement rumors gain momentum despite lack of basis in reality”

    Yet you posted it here.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      I always enjoy the 5 or so of these comments every day. “I don’t care about this story/why is this here, so I’m going to click on it, read it and comment on it.”

      • philtration - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Then again some people here love gossip and rumors with no basis in reality.
        They even step in and defend the stupidity and TMZ nonsense.
        Sometimes they whine about others opinions and then reply to the comments just to show how much they don’t care about them.
        Kind of like a Hipster with their panties in a bunch.

        You know what I mean.

  5. lakerade - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    If it’s put out into the NBAosphere, it makes it here. I like that overall, but this just doesn’t seem like something Nash would do, especially given the low expectations of this season and thus little incentive to rush anything, be it comeback or retirement. Still, perhaps old is just old, which I imagine Nash intends to battle.

  6. rickyspanish - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    philtration

    The range of this site is “look at this sweet alley-oop!” to “check out Kevin Durant’s new shoe commercial!”. Accept it for it is and you’ll be better off. I come here for the comments and hardly ever read the articles, it’s better that way.

  7. psung26 - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    “Besides, what do the Lakers gain between now and he end of the season by pushing him out the door? A roster spot on a borderline playoff team?”

    Kurt, if you were covering the Lakers exclusively like you used to, you probably would know this, but if Nash is forced to leave via medical retirement, the Lakers win by having his salary not count towards the cap the following year. The magic number is 10 games, and he’s played in 6 so far. As long as Nash is forced to medically retire before playing 10 games into the season, the Lakers will still have to pay Nash, but his giant $9 million salary is off the books for the big push 2014 FA push.

    Listen to some Max & Marcellus why don’t you. Kellerman has been pushing for this for weeks…

  8. peddealer - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Kurt Kurt Kurt ….

    If Kurt weren’t stupid, I would accept the fact that he cleverly included Nash
    being somber after playing the Lakers.

    The problem is, some idiot hired Kurt and gave him this job, which he routinely does substandard work at.

    No, it was laziness. Not poor grammar.

    Kurt’s time is just too precious to proofread before publishing.

    Signed,
    A True Professional

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Steve Nash just looked deflated when he was leaving the arena after the last game he tried to play for the Lakers — you could see it in his face.

      I said he looked somber after the last game he played FOR the Lakers, not against them.

      However, if you do not like this blog you are not obligated to read it. It’s one of the best parts of the Web, you don’t have to click on links. Try it.

  9. rickyspanish - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    asimonetti88

    You got it, bud. The fact that I find you more interesting than the writer should make you happy. Interaction is infinitely more enjoyable than reading hack articles.

  10. floridascuba1 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Nobody in the league takes better care of their body than Nash? forget about Ray Allen did we.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Kobe is in that mix, there are others, but Nash is on the top shelf.

  11. davidly - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    It’s never based on reality… until it is. That’s the sad thing about rumors… trying to quash ‘em only feeds ‘em. And sometimes, sometimes, they end up feeding back and being self-fulfilling.

    What’s mine is mine, I ain’t got time for rumors in my life…

  12. spyder9669 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Ray Allen didn’t just spend the last 16 years running an entire offense. Easy to remain in great health when you stand in a corner and jack 3s and do little else

  13. billtetley53 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Spyder. Do you even watch basketball? If you did, you’d see how much running Allen does to “just stand in a corner and jack 3’s”. I’m am amazed that their are 4 others that agree with you.
    Check that, no I’m not. I’m sure they are lakers fans and we all know the intelligence level we are dealing with there…

  14. billtetley53 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    *there, not their

    • sdlakerfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      The a**hole clown who can’t user the right word calls every Laker fan stupid…feel like a man now?

  15. billtetley53 - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Sdlakerfan, don’t you just hate when you make fun of someone for a typo and then you do it yourself?

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