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Nash to Nowitzki: ‘What would you do if you were me? Would you come back?’ Dirk: ‘I’m not sure, bro.’ (VIDEO)

Apr 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

In the fourth installment of the fantastic Grantland documentary chronicling Steve Nash‘s season with the Lakers, we’re invited to a private conversation between Nash and his longtime friend and former teammate, Dirk Nowitzki.

The greatness of this series lies in its honesty, and beginning at the 8:40 mark of the video clip above, Nash asks his friend a difficult question.

“What would you do if you were me,” Nash asks Nowitzki. “Would you come back?”

“I’m not sure, bro,” Nowitzki says, after clearly struggling for a moment with his answer. “I’m honest. What you go through, all that treatment, in and out [of the lineup]. I don’t know if I could do it.”

There’s more, and it seems obvious that Nowitzki wouldn’t go through all that Nash continues to just to try and extend his career for what may only be a few more games.


  1. bpayton216 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    man i wish that Nash never left Dallas. These two would have competed for YEARS.

    • im2gr84u2h8on - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Marc Cuban refused to offer him a major contract, so he went to Phoenix and became MVP. Thank Cuban for that.

  2. mnsadsportsfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Wow i am so over this. Who would of thunk steve nash was such a narcissist? You have no game left. Enough already!

    • mytthor - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      The thing is if you’ve seen when he occasionally plays, is he DOES have game left. He’s able to come in for 10 minutes and control the game, make the (crappy, mostly) players around him better, and he’ll never not be a great shooter.

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      If you watched him play in the few games he did, you would see that he does have game. The problem is, as with most guys this age, can he stay on the court enough to contribute? So far the answer is no.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    It’s time to stop being nice to Nash. The reason we love sports is because it’s the truest Meritocracy in the world. No affirmative action, no equal pay BS, just minutes/roster spots/contracts based on performance. Steve Nash hasn’t performed in two years. Stop this nonsense. Buy him out.

    • cfos00 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Like you, or anyone else, would turn down that kind of money to try and keep playing the game you’ve loved since you were a kid. Put yourself in his shoes for even a minute and I can’t imagine you’d feel that way. The contract was given to him by an owner and GM. Anyone with any common sense knew that signing him a couple years ago had a very good chance of going this route. If you want to blame someone for Nash and what’s happened with the Lakers, look at the people who gave him the contract, not the guy who’s body is completely predictably failing him.

    • cmehustle - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Dude I would play as long as someone payed me. Im talking like one of those “Jawan Howard, u didnt even know I was still in the league” contracts. Thats how long I would keep getting checks. Cant get mad at him. The Lakers signed him to the deal. Keep getting those checks Nash!

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      uh, MANY contracts are based on POTENTIAL and NOT performance…

      especially when they draft 19 yr old kids… so many that are drafted with enormous potential NEVER realize that enormous potential… yes, they play and many play well, but NOT as well as the potential that was talked about them before they got to the league.

      Then, MANY players receive MAX contracts but they do NOT deserve MAX contracts…

      many get them because of the physical location an NBA franchise is located in and they can’t let a very good player leave so they give them the max… Kyrie Irving will get a max deal and I don’t think he deserves a max deal like LeBron does or like Durant does etc…

      then, some players take what is left under a teams salary cap to play there because they’d rather play for that team because they are good or it is in a desirable city rather than take MORE money to play for a loser in the rust belt…

      sometimes contracts are based on performance and other times they are not…

      • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        That’s a good argument. Many contracts and draft picks in the NBA are based on “upside” more than any actual measure of performance.

    • genericcommenter - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Some people don’t base their appreciation of sports on a political or social statement. Maybe some of us enjoy things like hard work, competition, pushing the human mind and body to its limits, maximizing one’s skillset, etc. The meritocracy of performance has it’s own, uh, merits. But I don’t think that’s some all encompassing manifestation of a personal philosophy. This isn’t a book called “Howard Roark: Point Guard.”

      • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Is that a The Fountainhead reference? Nice.

    • genericcommenter - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      To add to my previous statement: Anyway, the idea that contracts are based on performance is not completely true, either. There are many stats to back that up, BTW. And you are talking about “no equal pay” in a league with minimum and maximum salaries, salary caps, and age restrictions. And a union. The NBA, like most pro sports, is not exactly some virtuous representation of the free market deciding the value of labor.

  4. davidly - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Once we’re invited, it’s no longer private.

  5. zukny1 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Honestly never heard of him before this year. Also didn’t pay 1 iota to basketball before this season. But when Nash steps on the court (as rare as that may be), he’s going to make plays.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      In other words you’re a youngin’!

      • genericcommenter - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        Kids must be using the internet really young these days. My 3 year-old does, but she’s not making blog comments.

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Don’t know why there are so many thumbs downs for this comment. It’s spot on.

  6. fnc111 - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM


    Let me guess, you’re not a Stanford alum?

  7. andreboy1 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Nash is a lot more self-centered than I thought. Everything that has happened since he used his kids as an excuse to go to LA has shown him to be a typical narcisstic NBA player.

    • duhwighthoward - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Exactly right. Since he got caught cheating and his marriage ended, he just wanted to come to L.A. to party with Beckham and get back to business banging supermodels like he used to when he was in Dallas.

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    You’re going to keep rehabbing whether you ever play again or not. Shut up, do the work, and if you end up riding the bench next year, so be it.

  9. sumkat - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    I’d rehab 20 hours a day for half of what he gets paid

  10. adamsjohn714 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    He’s third all-time in career assists. I think he’s earned the right to be a little selfish.

  11. jimmywho14 - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    You get the feeling he wants Dirk to tell him to get the hell out

  12. imakcds - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    all the negative remarks just seem like a typical selfish ‘What Have You Done for ME Lately’ attitude. I had high hopes when Nash came to the Lakers also, and it’s pretty clear that his body is failing him. But he is still quite effective when he gets on the court, he’s been working hard to try to stay on the court, and he is one of the greatest PG’s of all time. I RESPECT him for all of those reasons and admire his determination to continue to compete.
    He has great value as a mentor and teacher to ANY young PG, and I would imagine he would be a darn good coach if he chose that avenue.
    or was given that opportunity? Have I stumbled onto something??
    Bye D’Antoni, hello Coach Nash???

  13. genericcommenter - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Nash will always be my hero for simultaneously announcing the birth of his child and divorce.

  14. 00maltliquor - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Watching Dirk and Steve talk was almost like seeing two old flames re-connecting and reminiscing about the good times and what could have been, it was kind of awkward LOL!

  15. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Dude, $teve Na$h you need to do the Lakers and Lakers fans a favor & retire. You are $tealing their $.

  16. omniusprime - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Trash Nash has to face the fact that he has no game left, zip – zero – nada. Trash Nash is a major liability on defense and his offense sucks now. Trash Nash used to be a gym rat, now he’s just a money rat trying to steal as much as he can before he’s forced to retire. Unfortunately Trash Nash doesn’t give a damn about us Laker fans, all he cares about is his own bottom line.

    Fire Dumbtoni and Trash Nash Now!

  17. sportfan2 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    If some team is dumb enough to sign him (like the Lakers) I say take the money.

  18. onlyavoice - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Nash ask’s his Closet Buddy what he should do,

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