The situation for Steve Nash continues to get progressively worse with the two-time NBA MVP possibly done for the rest of the season. Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers told the media on Mon. March 3 that Nash might not play another game this season according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:
Will Steve Nash return this season? "I doubt it," D'Antoni said. Wants minutes to go to younger guards, plus Nash still not feeling right.
Nash has been battling nerve issues in his back for the majority of the season and it may have been gotten to the point where shutting it down is the best course of action. Much like Kobe Bryant, Nash has been reluctant to admit the season is a lost cause in terms of returning.
With the possibility the Lakers using the stretch provision on Nash in the off-season, the two-time NBA MVP has been more determined than ever to return to the floor and prove his worth to the team. Unfortunately, all signs appear to be pointing to Nash having to shut it down and potentially being released in the off-season.
At 40-years-old, the time may have finally come for the veteran point guard to call it a career. Nash may have no choice in the matter with the future Hall of Famer already letting it be known that if released by the Lakers he'll retire rather than trying to sign with another team.
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