Rumors have been swirling that Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash is considering retirement. There’s still no timetable for his return to the court due to reoccurring nerve issues in his back that extends down his leg to his hamstring stemming from a broken leg he suffered last year. Though it doesn’t seem like Nash will return to the lineup anytime soon he’s reiterated that he has no plans on retiring.
“No, not at all,” Nash said Friday of rumors he is considering calling it a career long before his contract expires at the end of next season. “I don’t know where that came from.
“For me, I realize I have about 18 months left of basketball and I want the most out of this that I can possibly get and I don’t know if that’s going to be one game or the vast majority of what’s left, but I have a long life without basketball, so I don’t want to give in too soon. I want to try to make the most of this opportunity to play if I can.”
Nash has played in just six games this season; if he plays in 10 or more games medical retirement is out the window and his salary won’t be cleared from the Lakers cap space. Nash plans to play much more than 10 games it’s just a matter of when.