Steve Nash is Retiring After 2014-15 NBA Season
The end has finally come for one of the NBA’s greatest point guards. Los Angeles Lakers star point guard Steve Nash admitted in a recent interview that the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season would likely signal the end to his long professional basketball career.
“I think this is my last season,” the 40-year old Laker said, “But I still love to play, practice and work on my game.”
Nash went on to say that he looked forward to a happy, healthy life beyond basketball, but looks forward to focusing all of his efforts on one more successful season.
Nash clearly isn’t what he used to be at 40 years old and he’s finally accepting the inevitable, but had recently declared himself close to full strength after missing all but 15 games a year ago. Nash wouldn’t go as far as to say he was 100% or that his health would last through an entire grueling 82-game season, but he “feels great” and is excited about the upcoming season.
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nash in a trade from the Phoenix Suns just two years ago, a movie that was to combine with the acquisition of superstar center Dwight Howard to give the Lakers a “big three”. It was arguably even a “big four” initially, as the Lakers teamed Nash and Howard with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
The huge moves didn’t work out, though, as Howard started the season off with a bad back, Nash missed 20 games due to injury and Bryant tore his Achilles tendon before the season even ended. The Lakers sulked into the NBA playoffs and were eliminated in a series sweep.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Nash can’t return to a solid level of play and help make the Lakers competitive again. It’s probably true that his skill-set and athleticism have deteriorated over the past 2-3 years due to natural aging and injuries, but a healthy Nash is arguably still a solid role player in the right situation. It’s even possible that a healthy Nash that knows this is his final season could play more than anticipated and be a bigger factor than anyone thought he could be.
That’s a lot of hypotheticals and we won’t know for a while what Nash’s final season will mean for him and the Lakers. All we know is that it’s probably the end of one of the most exciting careers the league has seen in a while.
If the two-time league MVP really does hang’em up after this year, Nash will have enjoyed 19 NBA seasons with just three different teams. With a modest 300 assists (similar to his production in 2012), Nash could move ahead of Jason Kidd for third place, all-time in assists during an NBA career.
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