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Steve Nash: ‘I think this is my last season’

Jul 29, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

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Steve Nash is 40 years old. He missed 67 games last season and 32 the year before. His previous coach implied his career was over.

In nearly every way, Nash fits the profile of a player headed toward retirement.

Except one.

Nash stands to make $9,701,000 next season, which is why he’s not retiring.

But when Nash’s contract expires in 2015, and he’ll have to fight just to get a minimum contract, that’s a different story. So, Nash all but confirmed the timeline that makes most sense for his career.

Nash (hat tip: Mark Medina of Inside the Lakers):

I think this is my last season. But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year.

Nash has had a great career, winning two MVPs while playing for the revolutionary run-and-gun Suns. Even if he contributes nothing this season – and I expect very little – he’s headed to the Hall of Fame.

Hopefully, he enjoys his final season despite his physical issues. At least he can take solace in knowing he’ll retire – and cashing those final large paychecks.

(Also, props to Nash for noting in the video Goran Dragic’s All-NBA third-team selection was more meaningful than his All-Star exclusion.)

  1. mackcarrington - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    “After I pocket this $9 mil, I’ll be good.”

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      “I’m just going to walk away from $9 million.” Said no one. Ever.

      • themars211 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Truer words have never been spoken.

  2. innovativethinking87 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    You think?

  3. mightbegoingtohellforthis - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I just hope he is healthy enough to contribute this season. The Lakers could use the help.

  4. innovativethinking87 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Um you think?

  5. cluelessdufus - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    You really can only hope that his final game is a good one. If would suck to see him do bad or go down with another injury. Regardless, still an amazing career that will land him in the Hall of Fame.

  6. misremembered72 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I don’t think it’s solely about the money. Sure in the grantland video, he makes it clear that he’s earned that money but maybe part of it is the chip on his shoulder. Wanting to prove LA fans wrong. Wanting to prove he’s still a better facilitator than the majority of point guards in this league.

    • spursareold - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      How do you EARN the money by missing 99 games over the first two seasons of a three year deal?

      I don’t think the LA fans had anything personal against Steve. He was just dead weight on the cap.

      • therealhtj - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Yup. And had he not returned last year and done the team and fans a favor by “medically retiring” while still being able to collect his money AND come off the cap, you’d be right.

        Refusing to do that, yeah, LA fans took it personally.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        how’d kobe earn his $30 million last season then?

      • therealhtj - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Kobe should’ve been amnestied too.

      • musician0785 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        “how’d kobe earn his $30 million last season then?”

        Kobe missed 99 games over the first 2 seasons of a 3 year deal?

      • zoomy123 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        @sportsfan18

        By winning 5 championships and increasing the value of the Laker’s franchise by hundreds of millions of dollars. Plus, he single handedly lead them to the playoffs the year he got hurt.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        kobe was along for the ride for the 3 titles shaq won while being “the man”

        there is this thing called the internet so you may look up just how MUCH better shaq’s stats were than kobe’s for those titles.

        folks who are being honest and real know that kobe was shaq’s sidekick for those titles.

        folks say robert horry isn’t talked about titles because he wasn’t “the man” like when we talk about MJ, LBJ, Russell, Magic, Bird etc…

        Scottie Pippen has 6 rings ya’ll… how come he isn’t talked about like MJ, LBJ, Magic, Bird etc… for rings?

        uh, that’s because he was the sidekick to MJ.

        Kobe was the sidekick to shaq.

        oh, Pau outplayed kobe in the 2009 finals, across the board. again, stats are online folks.

        kobe is NOT going to earn $48.5 million for the coming two seasons either lakers fans…

        30 something wins isn’t worth his payday…

        don’t worry, I’ll remind you after the coming season is over… and periodically along the way too.

  7. milkman1989 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

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    • handsomerob86 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Wow, people thumbed down this? Man, I don’t even know what to think of that. Help the guy out.

  8. jetnotjets - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Someone needs to let Steve know his last season was actually 2010-2011.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      11/12 season, Nash shot 53.2% from the field. 39.0% from 3 pt and .894% from the line.

      Nash ONLY missed 4 games in the 2011/12 season.

      Nash played 31.6 min’s a game in the 11/12 season.

      Nash’s PER was OVER 20 in the 11/12 season which is an all star level.

      Nash’s true shooting % in the 11/12 season was a fantastic .625%, 4th HIGHEST of his career.

      HOW do you say Nash’s last season was the year BEFORE what he did in 11/12?

      • jonremi - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Wasn’t 11/12 the shortened season due to the lockout?

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        yes, 66 game season. he played 62 games.

        he only missed 4 games. he played over 31 and a half min’s per game those 62 games

        he produced at a high level.

        there were many games in a shortened time frame too in order to squeeze in 66 games so he and all the other players played more games in fewer days than they did in the normal 82 game seasons.

      • jetnotjets - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Alright, Militant Steve Nash defender. Who knew Canadians were so feisty?

        His last season was actually 09-10. That was the last year Nash competed for anything. Losing record in 10-11. .500 record in the season you’re bragging about on a shortened lockout year. Steve has just been collecting a check since getting drilled in the Western Finals by the Lakers.

        But way to go on being able to cut and paste a stat line. Nice insight from your mouse.

  9. fordmandalay - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    And it will take the Lakers maybe 10 seasons to recover from the idiotic deal that gave him his final three.

  10. 2phatt2 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Dude, acquiring Nash was the worst trade in the history of the Organization. To give up two first round draft picks and a second, plus $27 million!!!! incompetency in the front office.

    • jonremi - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      @2phatt2. If things had worked out the Lakers would have had a healthy Nash, Kobe and Dwight together for at least 3 years and Howard for longer. It just didn’t work out that way. 20/20 hindsight is always the best vision.

    • spursareold - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      I think that’s a pretty flimsy kite to put up into the sky. I’m not sure I’d give two first rounders for a healthy 38 YO LeBron. I KNOW I wouldn’t for Nash, with his injury history.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Nash averaged 76 games a season between the two lockouts. That’s pretty solid.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Amen!

  11. jammer73 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Shoulda retired in Phoenix. Idiotic of LA to sign him as mentioned. The hope that he contributes next year? LOL! He’s been done for years. Might as we release him and pay him off and sign a scrub from D-Leauge to contribute.

    • longtallsam - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Having an excellent season on 2011-12 isn’t exactly “been done for years”!

  12. tangovader - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    I thought he was already retired.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      and you can admit that?

      all the grantland vid’s, all the articles about his recovery, his wanting the money

      kinda hard to miss that he was still in the league actually

  13. ravenswhat - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Pftt you were done 2 years ago Steve. Money grab.

    • longtallsam - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Yeah, if it were you, you would just walk away from the 18 million? I bet you would! Nobody held a gun to the Lakers and forced them to sign that contract. To them, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and they should honor it.

  14. omniusprime - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    That worthless geriatric cripple has no sense of rightness, he should have made last season his last season but he’s too corrupt to not steal millions more from the ignorant Laker upper mismanagement. As long as the Lakers have trash nash they will never be a contender, especially when we have another worthless piece of garbage guard like linstupid.

    I feel sorry for Byron Scott in that he has been brought in to be the undertaker for rebuilding the Lakers into a contender again while being given nothing but a garbage team. If the Lakers do poorly this season, and they will, it will be the fault of this greedy little jerk trash nash and the garbage team that jerky boy jimmy and klueless kupcake put together.

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