Helljumper wrote:Damn, you guys are harsh ...
Dude's hurt and trying to fight back because he loves playing the game. He's a consummate professional and he's always laid everything on the line for his franchise. Yes, in this case, he's done and it would probably be best for us if he retired. But when you're one of the greatest to ever play the game, it's difficult to look at the situation objectively and realize that. In Nash's eyes, retiring now would be quitting on his team. He still thinks he can contribute if he can just figure out a way to get healthy. (And although you guys have a weird memory about this, he WAS able to contribute when he was healthy last year. He was shooting efficiently and able to be an effective playmaker ... until he was neutered because Coward didn't wanna play P&R.) Now we all know that realistically he won't be able to find a clean bill of health again. If you've listened to his recent interviews, you'd know that Nash is slowly coming to terms with that fact as well. I'm confident he'll help the franchise out and retire at the end of the season. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's no extra benefit for our cap situation if he retires now or waits till the seasons over. You guys are just being impatient and letting your frustration with this mess of a season boil over into hatred for one of the classiest guys in the NBA.
If he just retires at the end of the season that 9 million he is owed is still on the books. If he plays over 10 games this season we can't get a medical retirement for him and his money is still on the books.
If Nash wasn't making 9 million dollars + and Kobe didn't sign for 23.5 million next season it wouldn't be that big of a deal.
I want the Lakers to rebuild and contend as fast as possible, preferably before Kobe retires. Nash is a HUGE hindrance to that if he doesn't take a medical retirement. I want to win, more than I care about Nash coming back and seeing him play.
Nash might be a consummate pro and all that, but he's not a Laker to me, he's been here for less than 2 years and has given us nothing but frustration. I can respect that he's working hard and wants to see his last days as a pro out and on the court, but when it comes to his contract roadblocking the team from being able to assemble a winner.....
It's time to go. If medical retirement is a way to get out of that, so be it. I want rings, not farewell tours for players that made a living killing the Lakers during their career and came here in their twilight years and are struggling to hang on at that expense of the Lakers moving forward and building a winner.
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