(LAS VEGAS) -- Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant stands behind future Hall of Famer Steve Nash's decision to hang it up this week.
Nash announced his retirement following another back injury and Bryant said on Friday that he knows Nash did everything he could to get back on the court.
"You can control what you can control," Bryant said. "He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn't in the cards, if I couldn't get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible."
Bryant would have liked to play a full season with Nash, but understands that his teammate made the right choice.
"It's tough," said Bryant.. "I just asked him if he was in good spirits and he said, 'Yeah.' It kind of is what it is at this point. ... He struggled with his back even when he was in his prime. I really don't think it's an age thing, it's an injury thing. He's had to deal with it his entire career, and it just caught up with him now."
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak reached out to the league about applying for a disabled player exception.
"I think all he knows is that he can't continue to play," Kupchak said. "Whenever he feels like he can, he tries to and then he gets set back three or four weeks. There's age, there's life after basketball. The only reason he's playing this year is because he loves to play, so there's a lot racing through his head. The bottom line is he can't put it together."
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