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Saturday
Mar212015

Lakers' Steve Nash Announces His Retirement from the NBA

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- After 19 brilliant seasons in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has announced his retirement.

The 41-year-old Nash announced his retirement in a letter published on The Player's Tribune website.

"The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much -- visualizing a ladder, climbing up to my heroes," Nash wrote. "The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her."

"And that is what I'm most thankful for in my career. In my entire life, in some ways. Obviously, I value my kids and my family more than the game, but in some ways having this friend -- this ever-present pursuit -- has made me who I am, taught me and tested me, and given me a mission that feels irreplaceable. I am so thankful. I've learned so many invaluable lessons about myself and about life. And of course I still have so much to learn. Another incredible gift."

A two-time MVP, Nash has all but punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame as he will go down as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Nash retires with career averages of 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game. His 10,335 assists ranks third all-time in NBA history.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Kobe: Nash Retiring Is Tough

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(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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Friday
Oct242014

Steve Nash Out for Entire Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will miss the rest of the season due to a recurring back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday.

"Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now," Nash said in a statement released by the team. "I work very hard to stay healthy and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health."

Nash played in just 15 games for the Lakers last season while dealing with various injuries. He hasn't practiced with the team since Oct. 12, when he tweaked his back while carrying bags.

Nash, 40, is in the final year of a three-year, $28 million deal that will pay him $9.7 million this season.

Nash has played 18 NBA seasons. During that time, he's won two league MVPs and has been named an all-star eight times.


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Monday
Oct062014

Steve Nash Open to Playing Beyond this Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Even though Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has had to battle to stay on the court in recent years, with one year left on his contract he's open to playing beyond the 2014-2015 season.

At 40 years old, Nash is the already the oldest player in the NBA. He appeared in just 15 games for the Lakers last season, and just 50 the season before that.

Nash was expected by many to retire once his current contract expires, but he left the door open for extending his career beyond this season.

“If I have a chance to play, it would have to be here. I’m not going to at this stage move somewhere else for a season and move my kids there,” Nash told the Los Angeles Daily News of the possibility of playing longer.

Nash is a two-time league MVP and is likely headed to the Hall of Fame one day. This past season, Nash averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists per game.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Kobe Bryant: I Feel 'Normal...Like Myself'

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant is back and ready to show the rest of the NBA that he is 100 percent.

Bryant missed most of last year after suffering a torn Achilles tendon to go along with a fracture in his left knee. Still, he practiced for the first time with his team Tuesday for the first two hours and 15 minutes of the three hour practice run by Byron Scott.

"I felt normal. I felt like myself," Bryant said. "That's a good thing."

"I love playing the game," Bryant continued. "I truly enjoy it. The game was becoming a little stale but the Achilles injury ignited a new challenge for me personally to see if I can do this because you don't know. This was a challenge that presented itself to see if I can make this a successful comeback."

Bryant said he still has concerns about returning to the court. "My concerns are no different anybody else's in being able to comeback from this. A lot of it is the same thing. If I can prove to myself that I can do this I can prove it to everybody else as well," he explained.

Steve Nash, who also was sidelined last season due to multiple injuries, was at practice and felt good.

"I need to not get injured and I don't mean that in a factious way," Nash said. "It's important not get an ankle [injury] or a thigh bruise or all the little injuries and try to manage them as much as possible. If I can manage the amount of minutes I'm on the court and keep myself going and don't overdo it to where I can't recover, maybe I got a chance to play a lot more."


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers' Steve Nash

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will suit up for his 19th NBA season in 2014-2015, and according to Nash, it will likely be his last.

"I think this is my last season. But I still love to play," Nash told reporters. "I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year."

The 40-year-old Nash is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when he does retire. He's a two-time NBA MVP during his time with the Phoenix Suns, and is also third in NBA history in assists. For his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.

Still, he's had a hard time staying on the court in recent years. He's missed 99 total games the past two seasons as he's battled various injuries.


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Wednesday
Apr092014

Steve Nash Climbs Assists List

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LOS ANGELES) -- Lakers guard Steve Nash passed Mark Jackson on the all-time assists list during Tuesday night's 145-130 loss to the Rockets.

Nash hit Jodie Meeks with a lead pass for his fifth assist of the night that passed Mark Jackson for No. 3 on the all-time list, giving him 10,335 for his career.

Nash received a standing ovation and went to the bench for the rest of the game after suffering a "bite" in his hamstring.

"Since I had a pretty good setback today, I probably won't play again [this season]," Nash said after the game. "But if I get a good recovery over the next week, I'd love to play again. But again, a big goal for me was to not go into the summer injured, and the fact that I had a setback today is kind of frustrating."

"But hopefully it's something that I can work through quickly here, and if I work through quick enough, I'd love to play again. But it's probably doubtful," he added.

Nash has one year remaining on his contract and trails only Jason Kidd (12,091 assists) and John Stockton (15,806) on the all-time list.

"Congrats to the Great @SteveNash on passing me on the All Time Assist list! I'm Honored!! God Bless #4," Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson tweeted after the game.

Nash played in his 15th game of the season after being sidelined to start the year with root irritation in his back and hamstrings.

"All of this is beyond my imagination and wildest dreams," Nash said of his 18-year career. "So to be able to share that end of the assist ladder with some players that I looked up to and emulated, and to be in their company, is phenomenal."

"I don't play for the records. I play because I love to play, I love to play and be a part of a team," he added. "But I guess it's something that maybe one day I'll appreciate, all hours I spent, all the extra hours I spent trying to get better."

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Tuesday
Mar042014

Lakers' Steve Nash Likely Done for the Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- After 18 seasons, point guard Steve Nash may have played his final NBA game. Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni announced that Nash will likely miss the rest of the season, leaving his future in the league uncertain.

"I doubt it," D'Antoni said when asked if Nash will get back on the court this season. "I don't think so. What's the end game? We've talked about it. He's not completely healthy. We have 23 games left. We're not going to make the playoffs."

"So what's his objective into taking minutes away from the young guys we're trying to develop? That's kind of the theme that we're talking about," he continued.

Nash is a 40-year-old two-time MVP, and a future Hall of Famer. Still, he has been plagued with injuries since joining the Lakers prior to last season. In 10 games this season, Nash averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 assists per game.

The Lakers could get out from under Nash's $9 million salary next season to save salary cap space.

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Monday
Feb242014

Steve Nash's Future with the Lakers Unknown

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- As Los Angeles Lakers' point guard Steve Nash battles to get back on the court, due to his age and durability, his future with the team is uncertain going forward, according to general manager Mitch Kupchak.

"At the appropriate time, I'll sit down and talk about it. But it's really his decision," Kupchak told the Los Angeles Daily News. "He's under contract to play basketball next year. There's a lot of moving pieces in something like this. For us to sit down and influence one way or the other is not ethical. It's really his decision."

The 40-year-old Nash is a near-lock to make the Hall of Fame once he retires, but age and injuries have caught up to him as he's appeared in just 10 games this season battling various ailments. Even though Nash still has one more year left on his deal, his body may not allow him to play a 19th season.

During his NBA career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.

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Monday
Feb102014

Steve Nash Re-Injures Left Leg

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers (LOS ANGELES) --  Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash left Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls with nerve irritation in his left leg and did not return. 

Nash's leg made contact with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich during the third quarter in the same spot where he suffered a fracture last season.

"I just took a knee to the spot where I broke my leg," Nash said. "Ever since I did that I've had a lot of nerve issues there and it just really flared up on me. I don't think it's going to be a long-term thing at all. Hopefully it's something that can just settle down this week, hopefully by Tuesday."

The Lakers will host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.  Nash will be re-evaluated Monday before determining whether or not he will be able to play.

The 40-year-old Nash is averaging 8.2 points and 5.0 assists in just nine games this season for the struggling Lakers.

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