Update: The LA Daily News’ Mark Medina reports that Steve Nash has no plans to retire.
“I work as hard as I can everyday to perform and keep going until I’m not playing anymore,” said Nash. “But right now, I have no intentions to stop playing.”
Head coach Mike D’Antoni also chimed in on Nash’s rumored retirement.
“It’s too early for him,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said about Nash’s possible retirement. “He’ll have to decide that. He’ll feel it in his heart and his head. I’m sure he’s getting good advice. Right now we’re trying to get to the next game and play well.”
According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, Lakers guard Steve Nash has told friends he plans to retire this summer:
“Steve Nash finally made it back to the Lakers and has told a few friends this is going to be it, even though he has one season to go on his contract, at $9.7 million. Nash, who turned 40 Friday, doesn’t expect to help much, but that’s been the story of his injury-plagued Laker career. He really missed the camaraderie with his teammates when he was out for three months with a nerve injury in his back, and says he wants to experience that for at least the last part of this season before he calls it a career.”
Still two months away from the end of the regular season, there are plenty of questions that need to be answered regarding the direction of the Lakers, but Nash’s future may be one of the bigger ones.
While many do not know the true intentions of Nash, it is not unreasonable to think he could call it quits this season. Nash has one more year remaining on his contract worth $9.7 million. It is difficult seeing him being able to go through offseason workouts, training camp, the grind of another 82 game season and potentially additional games in the playoffs but being the competitor that he is, Nash is not going to give up without exploring all avenues to continue playing at an elite level.
The 40-year-old point guard has not enjoyed a successful stint with the Lakers. Affected by nerve problems in his left leg, Nash has played in just 59 games over two seasons. This season, he has played in only nine games before having to come out of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls with nerve irritation.
On Monday, Nash did go through practice with the team which is a good sign, but it is important to keep a close watch on his health over the final 31 games of the season. The Lakers say that Nash is probable for Tuesday’s game vs the Jazz.