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Mike D’Antoni doubts Nash returns this season, has he played his last game?

Mar 3, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

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In the most recent documentary video (via Grantland) about Steve Nash’s attempt to return to the NBA following a nerve root issue, you can see he is shaken when he learns of the “stretch provision” of the new CBA. He was afraid if he didn’t return this season the Lakers would use this provision — they can waive him and stretch his $9.7 million cap hit out over three seasons — and he would never play in the NBA again. So he worked hard to get back on the court.

Now the nerve root issue has returned and Nash could be done for the season. Meaning he may have played his last game.

Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni said not to expect Nash back on the court this season, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

This isn’t a surprise, the only question is if the Lakers bring him back or use the stretch provision.

Nash said if the Lakers do that he will retire.

Don’t be surprised if they bring him back, however. The fact is unless the Miami trio decide to break up — and that is highly unlikely — this is not a great free agent summer. The Lakers really are targeting 2015 (Kevin Love) and beyond. Why spread out the pain of the Nash contract into those years, better to take one big hit and keep him around as large salary to move if Minnesota or another team decides they want to talk trade.

Which means Nash will have another summer to work, another chance to leave the game on his own terms. Which is how a two-time MVP should go out.

By the way, don’t expect Kobe Bryant back this season, either.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    16 combined games from Kobe and Nash… 10 games or more missed by Pau, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar… just a brutal year for injuries.

  2. cbking05 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Phil Jackson would never let his players get hurt like D’Antoni!

    • spthegr8 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      No disrespect to Steve but I HOPE so. He is still playing but it’s like he is retired!

  3. timb12 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Based on purely selfish reasons, I want him to come back. Even if it’s just for one last game, as long as he goes out on his own terms. Watching these short documentaries, you see how hard he’s working to get back and the emotional toll it’s taking on him. Just one more game to go out on his terms, that’d be more than enough for me as a fan.

    • adoombray - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Steve Nash is #25 on the all time highest career earnings list. He has made 146 million dollars. One Hundred Fourty Six. I watched the first of those “documentaries” and was disgusted by his moping around and crying. He moved to Hollywood for a reason and talked about how he was starting a film production company as soon as he got there.

      Those “documentaries” are really “bad reality television” and I’m not shedding any tears for his beautiful new life in Los Angeles strolling around Santa Monica with his allegedly smoking hot 20 something year old girlfriend. He’s had an amazing career and Seven Seconds or Less was a thrill ride start to finish. The worlds tiniest violin plays in the background of those videos.

      • timb12 - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:51 AM

        So in that case no professional athlete can get sympathy from others? It’s not about the money, he gets paid the same now either way. I just want to see him go out somewhat on top given his current condition. But I guess not being able to do something you love is perfectly fine as long as you have money and a smoking hot girlfriend. Allegedly.

      • adoombray - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        @timb: he is milking the cameras. I’ve seen better emotional reactions on Jersey Shore. Nash is fine and is playing to your sympathies to launch his film company.

  4. therealhtj - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Based purely on selfish reasons, I wanted Nash to be kept off the court for that 10th game. Now that he played, got injured, and is likely shelved for the year, he’s on the Lakers books next year no matter what the Lakers or Nash chooses to do.

    Could’ve been a win-win, but like everything else in this season, turned into a lose-lose.

  5. jammer73 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    His last game should have been his last game as a Phoenix Sun. LA blew that one. OOPS!

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    What a disaster of a season for the Lakers. Not easy to win or even stay positive when you get 16 total games from your hall of fame backcourt.

    • antistratfordian - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Broken record.

    • apkyletexas - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      How stupid would Dwight Howard have to have been to re-sign with this dumpster-fire of an organization? He must be thrilled beyond belief to have avoided basketball purgatory in Orlando and LA, and to have landed with a team with an incredibly bright future in Houston.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        I agree he made the better career decision by signing with Houston, but I wouldn’t call the Lakers a dumpster-fire of an organization. With Nash likely to be “stretch provisioned” the Lakers will have one contract on their books next season. Things can turn around fast for a team in a great city and with that much roster flexibility.

  7. chargerdillon - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    I know as long he’s on the Lakers, I’ve watched the last Laker game I ever plan on watching.

    I’m the fan who’d generally never miss ANY game of the Lakers. I’m to the point I don’t care if I ever see Kobe play again.

    I want something worth watching. For that to happen D’antoni needs to go, Nash needs to go, AND KOBE DEFINITELY NEEDS TO GO.

    The idiot who says “Lakers all day” in every post, is not a Lakers fan.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      So you’re a diehard Lakers fan who never misses ANY games of the Lakers, but over the next couple of years, you have no interest in watching the end of Steve Nash’s career?
      Or the end of Kobe Bryant’s career?
      Or the development of the Lakers’ 2014 draft pick?
      Or the development of the the young guys the Lakers already have, such as from their trade with Golden State as well as their signings of guys like Kendall Marshall?

      Just call yourself a “bandwagoner.” It’s a much simpler term than trying to describe yourself as a diehard Lakers fan through and through who won’t watch the team until they start winning a lot of basketball games again in a few years.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      At least he watches the Lakers. The Lakers have had 2 losing seasons in the last 20 years, and you give up after one of them? We’re losing but that’s not a reason to stop being a Lakers fan.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        Man his comment left me SMDH. Some people.

        IDK about you guys, it has been a tough season, but I’ve still managed to have some fun and seen some bright spots along the way. No lie I like this season MUCH better then last season. I dont get why some people are so gloomy. I got to do it…….

        Wait for it…..wait forrr itttt….

        …LAL ALL DAY!!

        LAKERS for life! Word to the Laker tat on my forearm!

      • unxpexted1 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        yea last season was much harder because the expectations were so great. My goodness i was so hype going into last season. We all knew this was a rebuild. I was just hoping to witness Kobe’s comeback and break MJ’s scoring record.

  8. casualcommenter - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Not a Lakers fan, but it makes sense to shut Nash and Kobe down basically for the rest of the season, aside from maybe a couple of games at the end. That allows the Lakers to get as good a draft pick as possible in this draft, and it would allow Kobe and Nash try to get fully healthy over the offseason.

    If it all goes well, the Lakers can hope to have them both healthy enough to play the vast majority of the 2014 regular season together.

    In 2015, Nash retires, and the Lakers try to sell free agents in 2015 on coming to LA to play with Kobe plus some intriguing young players from their recent drafts and the trade with Golden State. Also, another selling point in 2015 would be that the Lakers’ salary cap sheet in 2016 would really open up with Kobe’s contract coming off the books, allowing the team to add another superstar.

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    No one has anything to gain from Nash/Kobe coming back. Well, except Kobe trying to climb the all-time scoring list. He’s selfish enough to give it a try.

  10. unfly - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    I am a Laker fan was especially distraught about this season so I asked a psychic what she thought about it and she said…”the death of a patriarch has released negative energy around the whole organization. it will dissipate but currently there is a dark cloud above them.”

    Even if you dont believe in psychics it’s a pretty interesting answer. Mind you she is not a basketball fan.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      Yeah right! Lol

      • unfly - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        you don’t have to believe me, I’m not into internet props so there’s no reason to type out a lie.

  11. omniusprime - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Only a total moron would want Trash Nash to play another game as a Laker. Trash Nash hasn’t earned his keep as a Laker, he’s only wasted their money. Dumbtoni is a total retard if he thinks Trash Nash isn’t going to try to play another game this season. All Trash Nash wants is to waste Laker money next season.

    As always that sports pundit retard Kurt Helin is way behind the times in this story. Despite Dumbtoni saying Trash Nash won’t return this season there’s already a story in the LA Times about Trash Nash saying he wants to come back next season. The only reason this worthless piece of garbage wants to come back next year is to steal big money doing absolutely nothing.

    As long as Jerky Boy Jimmy and Kupcake are in denial that they made a massive mistake brining in the trash from Phoenix, both Trash Nash and Dumbtoni, they’ll never do what’s best for the franchise which is to dump them and get someone better.

    Fire Trash Nash and Dumbtoni Now!

  12. billtetley53 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    What scoring record are you speaking of? Jordan doesn’t hold the scoring record, Kareem does.
    Even if he surpasses Jordan on the list, it doesn’t make him better.
    That is all Kobe has to play for is records anyway. He isn’t catching Kareem anyway.His body is betraying him.

    Lakers fans cheering for records to be broken and ping pong balls instead of cheering for titles. I love it!

  13. spursareold - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    [prayingdog][/lakerfan]

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