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Steve Nash will play Friday vs. Dallas, says it’s likely his last game of season

Apr 4, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

Steve Nash AP

As hard as he has worked, Steve Nash has just not been able to get fully past the nerve root issue that he has battled the last two seasons.

Friday night he says he will play against Dallas, Nash’s 14th game this season.

Then he likely shuts it down for the year, Nash told the media including Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Nash would not be able to bounce back for Sunday’s day game against the Clippers. Jordan Farmar is about to return from injury and he can soak up minutes at the point along with Kendall Marshall. So Nash is going to shut it down the last couple weeks of the season.

While the Lakers could use the stretch provision on Nash this summer (letting him go and extending the cap hit from his contract over three seasons) they are not expected to do so. With the team rebuilding and likely not very strong next season better to bite the bullet on the pain of the $9.7 million he is owed rather than extend the pain out. Just rip the Band-Aid off. Also, Nash’s salary could be used in a trade should a team with a superstar player (maybe one in a Northern state known for its abundance of lakes) decides to trade said star and get something in return before he walks.

  1. antistratfordian - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    He’s approaching Andrew Bynum levels of thievery.

    • Professor Fate - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Neither is a thief.
      A) Bynum helped the Lakers get a title, Nash has not.
      B) Nash’s work ethic and dedication is unquestioned, Bynum’s is not.

      Wow, wrong twice in one sentence and for completely opposite reasons. I’d say that’s a record of some sort, but then I saw who posted it. I know you live to troll Laker articles, but you aren’t very good at it.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        -__________________-

        … a serious reply to a lighthearted post? lighten up.

      • ranfan12 - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        You basically called him a thief. What kind of lighthearted statement is that

  2. aboogy123456 - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Tune in tonight to watch what may be the last game of a hall of famer’s career. I know that he’ll play is heart out. Also, the article implies that a trade could happen this summer for Kevin love, but I don’t understand how that is possible. What do the Lakers have that Minnesota actually wants? And don’t say the first round draft pick because the lakers won’t do that.

  3. unxpexted1 - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    “Steve Nash will play Friday………says it’s likely his last game of his career”

  4. mogogo1 - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    I really like Nash but I’m not following this thinking. If he can play this one game without risk of making the injury worse, why would it have to be the last game of the season for him? And if there’s a chance of making things worse, then he shouldn’t be playing this game.

    This really gives off the vibe that he may be thinking it could be the last game of his career so he wants to end it against one of his old teams.

    • turkbox420 - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Yea I think so too. But the guy has a summer to get right. I will root for him, I was never a laker fan but he is still my favorite PG in the league. Tough year for the 95 and 96 draft players. Getting old sucks.

  5. mnsadsportsfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    keep ca$hin those checks Stevie!

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Tanking

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