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Lakers News: Mike D'Antoni says Steve Nash is done for the season

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 18: Steve Nash #10 and head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers look on from the sideline during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 18, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The 2013-14 NBA season has officially come to an end for veteran point guard Steve Nash with head coach Mike D'Antoni shutting the door on his return according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times on March 13:

Mike D'Antoni officially closes the door on Steve Nash returning this season for the Lakers. "He's not going to play."

The Los Angeles Lakers have been plagued with injuries all season long with Nash and Kobe Bryant playing a combined 16 games. Along with Nash, Kobe is also done for the year after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee fracture.

Although many anticipate Kobe bouncing back next season, the same cannot be said for the 40-year-old Nash. The two-time NBA MVP has been reluctant to call it a career despite all signs pointing to the fact that he's likely done playing in the NBA.

The real question from here on out is if the Lakers will release Nash in the off-season. There's been a lot of talk about the Lakers potentially parting ways with Nash using the stretch provision, but it remains uncertain on whether or not they'll do so.

With the Lakers looking to get younger and rebuild, Nash may not be in the team's plans next season. The emergence of Kendall Marshall and return of Jordan Farmar may have made Nash even more expendable.

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