Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  57 responses

Steve Nash Reportedly Considering Retirement

The Los Angeles Lakers may say that they’re not ready to contemplate Steve Nash walking away from the game, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not. Hall of Fame writer Peter Vecsey reports that Nash’s injuries could force him out of the NBA:

Lakers Don’t Want Steve Nash to Retire
Steve Nash Over the Shoulder Pass to Shawne Williams (VIDEO)

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  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, if doesn’t retire under his own volition, then Steph, Westbrook, Lillard, CP3, et. al. will do it for him.

  • Lloyd

    I swear the training staff in Phoenix could get a couple more years out of him.

  • berkamore

    There is a window for pro sports. At some point, you just can’t do it anymore. Nash had the Muhammad Ali syndrome, meaning just because he looked the same, he thought he was the same.

    No matter how good you look, 40 is old in pro sports. A select few can still play (like kareem who played until he was 42) but the majority can’t. Nash chose to learn that the hard way. Oh well, at least he got somebody to pay him……………


    Robbed of both a championship in ’07 and the ability to determine his career’s manner of completion.

    Honoured to have seen Mr. Nash once as a Laker, at least.

  • Martin Susman

    Nash was a huge mistake in the first place. The Lakers screwed up getting D12, they screwed up letting him go for free, they screwed up getting Nash & for keeping Gasol. The need to dump Nash if he does not retire or maybe trade him to a team with no brains for say the 60th pick in the draft. Gasol also needs to go ASAP for nothing but draft picks….


    Eh, Nash was the point god contingency fallout from Stern’s Veto. The Lakers could not have foreseen his fibula snapping in an utterly random circumstance (and the ensuing, lingering nerve damage).

    LA should have traded Howard last season, definitely.

    As for Gasol… no.

    One of three isn’t bad if you’re shooting threes, though. Nice try.

  • Harvey

    Also robbed of an MVP in ’07.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    2× MVP

    8× All Star

    3× All-NBA First Team

    2× All-NBA Second Team

    2× All-NBA Third Team

    5× NBA Assists Leader

    Great career. Great player. He has nothing else to prove.


    Yes, but he was gifted Kobe’s MVP in 2006, so it balanced out.

  • Dagger

    This is so depressing. Nash in his prime was an absolute joy to watch. The best combination of shooting and passing in league history.

    It’s sad to see him go out this way. The league will miss his talent and his personality.

  • bike

    The fact that he has played as long as he’s been able with that chronic back condition (spondylolisthesis) is a miracle in itself. No shame in calling it quits.

  • shockexchange

    If Nash doesn’t leave, Brandon Jennings will be tweeting about him next.

  • spit hot fiyah

    this year

  • Martin Susman

    Nash was one of many stupi moves the Lakers front office made in the past few years…… 1. Getting rid of Drew without getting a player in return…2. Getting D12 for Drew, both losers… 3. Letting D12 leave for free….4. Getting an old, sick Nash in the first place….5. Not trading Gasol & now maybe getting zero draft picks for Gasol….

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Wait you said the Lakers got rid of Drew for nothing then said the Lakers got D12 for Drew so which one is it? I agree acquiring Nash wasn’t a smart decision but trading Gasol for draft picks wouldn’t have made since. No team with a guaranteed lottery pick would trade them for Gasol so it would’ve been a waste.

  • Joseph Apohen

    Steve needs to kiss it goodbye while he can still walk. Great player, he has nothing else to prove except a poor image of him in a cane shooting free throws should he continue. It was a joy watching him altough he was not a Lakers. Robert Horry robbed him of a championship.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Lakers finished 3rd in their own division…
    the Suns finished with the 2nd best record in the conference….with Boris Diaw starting instead of Amar’e Stoudemire…..
    The MVP he was gifted came in 05, when Shaq was pretty clearly the league’s most valuable player, but the narrative and “freshness” of that Suns team/system was too much for the voters to ignore.

  • uqk

    time for sideline job…
    assistant?…or just replace D’antoni :D

  • Dfrance


  • vatomuerto

    Robbed? More like outplayed and beaten by the best team in the NBA on the way to their fourth championship.

  • Drig

    Great respect for everything Nash has accomplished. Too bad it didn’t work out as he expected it to in LA.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    He would be a great assistant coach.

  • LakeShow


  • LakeShow

    I’m just sad that I never got to see Nash be Nash in LA.

  • Tarzan Cooper


  • Tarzan Cooper

    nash was one of the best shooters ever. he was also one of the most overrated players ever.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Sometimes man I just don’t get the human thought process lol

  • ddf

    his career is fabulous I wish he could’ve gotten a ring

  • LakeShow

    It’s inhuman seeming sometimes…

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I guess this kills the report that Nash would spend the next 2 years showing he can still play.

  • Mark George


  • ATL dynamite

    All time avg FT% leader!!!!

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    That’s what happens when you accidently put cocaine on your baby’s cheerios instead of sugar…

  • DJ VEE

    Well actually….Great career, no doubts about that whatsoever. I’m 20 years old he’s hands down the best point guard of my generation and maybe in the discussion for top 5 point guards of all time…But “He has nothing else to prove”?? Well ummm..he’s still ring-less.

  • bb91103

    I find this statement ti be semi overated. So what is it that the Phoenix staff knows that no other human being doesn’t know. That is impossible. It is a combination of things along with the traning staff. If they were that great, other teams would either lure them away or go to the same place where these guys got their training.

  • bb91103

    That would happen if basketball was a 1-on-1 game. It is in your drive way but not in the NBA.

  • Evan Boland

    We DID trade Gasol.

  • davidR

    nash also has to play defense…

  • davidR

    good thing you mentioned you’re 20 years old. check out who would qualify for the top 5 PGs of all time. nash is good, but he isnt top 5 good

  • davidR

    dont worry, curry will take over. but yea, nash was definitely refreshing to see

  • LakeShow

    Hey, who’s to judge? haha just playin

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray


  • alex80

    Some ring?

  • Lloyd

    I find your comment to be semi-annoying. I was joking.

  • davidR

    lol, always on point with the pics

  • thundefingers30

    Perhaps, he should retire. He’s had a great career, albeit ring-less.

  • The Seed

    Thank You, I have been waiting. Lakers get your money back. YESS< YESS

  • Saleem Rainman

    he’s GM for Canada’s national team.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Curry shoots liek Nash, debatably better (higher quantity, but basically equal quality, but would need to do it consistently), but he dont pass like nash.

  • Saleem Rainman

    yeah…him doing in in LA, woulda been reminiscent of showtime. we all missed out there, as basketball fans.

  • davidR

    he may not pass as well, but curry keeps on improving. not saying he will get to that level, but i’m willing to bet he can get very close

  • Saleem Rainman

    i think 9ish a game wud be his ceiling, just based on the fact that mentally he is a shoot first guy, and why not? he’s a great shooter and scorer. But 9 assits for nash wud be considered an off year in his prime. (see: NBA season,2009)

  • Saleem Rainman

    man this is tough

  • davidR

    like you said, their roles (and offenses) are different. I’m mainly focusing on passing ability and how both players set their teammates up. curry is a lot more turnover prone (still learning), but he does a good job setting up other players. but yea, his main focus is scoring. he might max out at 9 assists, but I can flip it and say nash’s best scoring season isn’t as good as curry on average.

    they get the job done differently

  • pzl

    @thephotoriot:disqus is top 5 so ridiculous? Been watching hoops almost 20 years he’s at least in the conversation.
    (top 4 in no order)
    Isaiah Thomas / Jerry West (not really a point)
    (a close group of: Oscar (not really a point), Nash, Frazier, Cousy, Rose (?), Parker (?), Payton, Hardaway x 2, Mario Chalmers, Paul)

  • bb91103

    Yes but team defense is a step easier than one on one defense.

  • bb91103

    So you found it completely annoying?…haha Mission accomplished. This is how I kill time at the end of a work day.