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Steve Nash shoots down retirement rumors

Nov 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Steve Nash AP

When the first came out we told you not to buy the “Steve Nash is thinking retirement” rumors. We told you he was a fighter who planned to get back on the court this season and play the next one as well.

But don’t take our word for it — take Nash’s. Here is what he said about the retirement rumors on Friday, via the Los Angeles Times.

“No, not at all,” Nash said Friday of rumors he is considering calling it a career long before his contract expires at the end of next season. “I don’t know where that came from.

“For me, I realize I have about 18 months left of basketball and I want the most out of this that I can possibly get and I don’t know if that’s going to be one game or the vast majority of what’s left, but I have a long life without basketball, so I don’t want to give in too soon. I want to try to make the most of this opportunity to play if I can.”

Nash has only played in six games for the Lakers this season as he battles a nerve issue in his back that extends down his leg to his hamstring. This is all tied with the broken leg he had at the start of last season and the fact it has been a year and he can’t shake it is a bad thing.

Nash said he isn’t going to rush back; he wants to get this fixed.

But he is coming back. To think Nash would just walk away is the wishful thinking of Lakers fans who dream of more cap space, not anybody who is familiar with Nash. He got this far in his career because he’s a fighter, a guy who isn’t that tall and can’t leap out of the building, but who found his way to be an NBA MVP.

If Nash plays in 10 or more games this season then the idea of a medical retirement that clears him off the Lakers books is dead. And Nash hopes to play in more games than that. Eventually.

  1. theworkhorsebackdotcom - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Gotta admire the fight that Nash is putting up to get back on the floor. He can still contribute, but his chances at winning a title seem very slim. At least off the court he is hilarious, needs his own show.

  2. davidly - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    When the first came out we told you not to buy in reporting on it, furthered by default the “Steve Nash is thinking retirement” rumors.

    Not that I’m criticizing your just doing your job, and all that, though, of course, we are all perfectly free to ignore it. You, me, whoever.

    That said: if Nash doesn’t know (I think he does), then certainly most intuitively know where the rumors come from: he is old and injured and will only damage his body more by pretending he can earn the money he’s getting paid (not that I begrudge him the money; it’s not like he’s Morgan Chase or anything).

    I suppose I wish him luck. But, come on; do we really think this “fighter” is going to be able to entertain the fans anymore on the court?

  3. Anoesis - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    A story on Iguodala’s injury and then one on Nash’s non-retirement, yet not a word on the Lakers’ 102-95 win. It wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate. There were just three ties and only one lead change.

    Pau Gasol went for 24 points & 10 rebounds. That’s $24,000 for the UNICEF disaster relief in the Philippines.

    Nick Young added 21 points(14 in the 2nd half), Steve Blake had 14 with 5 assists, Jordan Farmar had 14 with 8 assists (and was +21 in 19 minutes), and Jordan Hill had 10 with 9 rebounds.

    The Lakers’ bench outscored the Warriors’ bench 44-17.

    Iguodala had 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 turnovers before leaving in the 3rd with a hamstring injury. Already absent Stephen Curry, the Warriors struggled to get any sort of consistency on offense. David Lee had 21 & 13 and Harrison Barnes 20, but Klay Thompson had just 2 of his 19 in the 4th quarter.

    This was the Lakers’ 11th straight home win over the Warriors since March 2008. The late 3rd quarter/early 4th quarter was key, as the Lakers held the Warriors scoreless for nearly 5 minutes during a 12-0 run. Early in the 4th the Lakers were up 80-65.

  4. hildezero - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    “…but who found his way to be an NBA MVP.”

    Damn… That line is so wrong. Steve didn’t “found” his way. He FOUGHT his way to be a TWO time MVP, not “an NBA MVP”.

  5. tdl8 - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    DAMN, I was hoping he would retire(or be waived but Jim Buss is too ignorant to admit he was wrong AGAIN)! His 6 pts, 4 assists, 2 turnovers, AWESOME 26% shooting, sitting out the 2nd game on back-to-backs and being injured 60% of the time is hurting us more than helping! And what’s worse is Mike D’Antoni still has a man crush on him from 10 years ago when he was actually good so he keeps him in the starting lineup! At this point he is a waste of minutes and we need to move on from the huge mistake idiot Jim Buss made by signing a 39 yr old to a 3 year $25 mil deal! There’s a reason nobody else wanted him in FA, especially at a price any higher than a 1 year vet minimum deal! But Jim Buss is in another class of stupid so he signed him! It goes right along with his plans to ruin the Lakers franchise! He has been on the job for less than 3 years and already made the 3 biggest mistakes in Lakers history, over paying Grandpa Nash in a multi year deal, hiring Mike Brown, hiring Mike D’Antoni, and he shows no signs of stopping! Next he will refuse to re-sign Kobe this summer or fire Mitch Kupchak for actually caring about making us better!
    Fire Jim Buss, fire Mike D’Antoni, waive Grandpa Nash and start rebuilding the way Jerry Buss would have wanted! No big name FA will sign this summer if Jim Buss is representing us in the meetings and Mike D’Antoni is on the bench! Nobody trusts Jim Buss to build a team and nobody thinks Mike D is a good coach!

  6. markofapro - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Getting old sucks, don’t it?

  7. markofapro - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Getting old sucks

  8. rickyspanish - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Starting a post off with “we told you” is getting old.

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    He says he has 18 months of ball left in him. Too bad it would take him 5 years to get it out at the rate he’s going.

    • davidly - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      That was pretty sweet. But I’ll take George Hill’s redemption jam as the one for the night.

    • davidly - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:41 AM

      ^^Wrong thread, sorry.

      But while I’m here, I’ll guess I’ll say that maybe he meant he has 18 months left to cash his checks.

  10. genericcommenter - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Pretty sure this same EXACT story has been posted multiple times, and the rumor cycle just keeps going because you keep posting the same thing.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Maybe it’s because the guy below you reblogged it.

      • genericcommenter - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        No. I don’t read those. It’s because this site recycles posts.

  11. matt20hew - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

  12. omniusprime - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Trash Nash only has 18 months of contract left, he has no basketball left at all. The Lakers have to be smart and medically retire this worthless piece of garbage before they’re stuck with him but Dumbtoni will whine like a crybaby if they get rid of this piece of worthless garbage, then again Dumbtoni is just another piece of worthless garbage.

    Trash Nash shows us just how selfish pro athletes are, he’s trying to suck off the Lakers for a few more big paychecks he’ll never earn, if Trash Nash had any honest bone in him he’d retire and thank the Lakers profusely for extending his career beyond what should have been done. If Trash Nash wants to continue playing ball then he should do so somewhere else, not in the NBA.

    Retire Trash Nash and Trade Steve Flake! Fire Dumbtoni!

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