Before Steve Nash returned from injury recently, the rumors ran rampant that retirement was on the horizon for the two-time NBA MVP. Nash simply hasn't been able to stay healthy since being acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2012, but is now back on the floor and playing well. Although Nash has said he's feeling great, the future Hall of Famer may be considering retirement after this season according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News on Feb. 8:
“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.”
With Nash dealing with numerous injury problems this season and never being the same since suffering a leg fracture in the second game of the season last year, the writing appears to be on the wall that the end is drawing near.
When asked about retirement following his latest injury setback, Nash said he was willing to battle through and play out the rest of his deal with the Lakers. It remains to be seen if Nash will still have the same mindset if he suffers another injury that jeopardizes the rest of the season.
Along with Nash dealing with injuries this season, the Lakers have had numerous injuries across the board. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry and Nick Young are all currently on the shelf leaving the team with a bunch of role players and former lottery picks that never panned out.
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