therealdeal wrote:At what point is this delusion?
I know there was a sentiment recently that we all felt bad for him. He's a good guy who has done this his whole life. He doesn't know what life is like without playing basketball at the highest level and he doesn't want it to end on a sour note. He wants to make Laker fans proud and he wants to earn the paycheck we gave him.
But when does all that stop being enough? When can we boo this guy for NOT being a team player? Isn't it time now for him to sit down and let the younger guys get some time? You know, the younger guys like... Steve Blake. Steve Blake who at nearly 7 years younger than Nash is ALSO falling apart physically? When does Nash see the light and realize that he's not just hurting our production on the court, he's hurting the development of Kendall Marshall, and now he's hurt the organization's bottom line?
Are you kidding me? How many times do you have to irritate your nerve damaged leg before you f***ing get it through your damn skull old man? It's over. You're done. And now you screwed the franchise out of 3 million dollars in space we could have used to sign someone who can actually help us. If he retires he still gets his money, so it's not about that. It's about his own damn ego.
Get out Nash. It's over.
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According to @basketballtalk, Steve Nash (leg) is likely out until after the All-Star break.
Weezy wrote:I felt good for Nash for one game, on his birthday. Now I'm at the point where it's like really man, come on. I'm annoyed at him, I'm becoming less of a fan, and I'm losing respect for the guy. Is that a bit much, sure, but he's delusional right now if he thinks he can still play in the NBA, his body is not complying.
Jerry Buss wrote:One of the biggest reasons I bought the Lakers was to beat the Celtics …..you just got it into your soul that you couldn't stand the Celtics anymore
Savory Griddles wrote:Well, he is now over the 10 game-mark so cap-relief this offseason is out of the question. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him medically retire after this season is done. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Lakers DO NOT stretch provision him. Unless LBJ is coming to town, it is actually better NOT to stretch him. Having Nash on the books for 9 million next year is better than sacrificing that 3 million in space for the next three seasons. Say we go after Stephenson for 11 million.
Kobe – 24
Stephenson – 11
Nash – 9
Rookie – 5
That’s 49 million. We get our mid-tier FA and our (hopefully) rookie stud and we toil in the 7-10 range for a season. Then in 2015 we have:
Kobe – 24
Stephenson – 12.5
Rookie – 5
Love – 17
That’s 59 million. If we stretch provision Nash, we’d be at 62 and dangerously close to the cap.
khmrP wrote:IMO if Nash can let it be known pre-trade he'll retire after the season is over a team would be willing to give up some assets like picks to dump a half decent player on a bad contract, maybe a year or two remaining. Maybe say Boozer/Cha pick for Nash or something. Just wishful thinking but thats something that would benefit both team.
TSpence26 wrote:IF he decides to retire, do we still owe him his 9 million next year even though he is retired?
Punk-101 wrote:The ultimate thing for Nash to do would be to give the Lakers FO and team he's traded to a wink/nod that he'll convince doctors to approve medical retirement at the end of the year, so he'll be a 9 mil expiring trade piece as khmrP alluded.
Nash also said, "For me, it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey.
Weezy wrote:If Nash doesn't retire, plays next year, 'Antoni is still our coach, and we don't make some major strides this offseason, I'm not sure I have the stomach to watch next season.
Steve Nash finally made it back to the Lakers and has told a few friends this is going to be it, even though he has one season to go on his contract, at $9.7 million. Nash, who turned 40 Friday, doesn’t expect to help much, but that’s been the story of his injury-plagued Laker career. He really missed the camaraderie with his teammates when he was out for three months with a nerve injury in his back, and says he wants to experience that for at least the last part of this season before he calls it a career.
revgen wrote:Steve Nash finally made it back to the Lakers and has told a few friends this is going to be it, even though he has one season to go on his contract, at $9.7 million. Nash, who turned 40 Friday, doesn’t expect to help much, but that’s been the story of his injury-plagued Laker career. He really missed the camaraderie with his teammates when he was out for three months with a nerve injury in his back, and says he wants to experience that for at least the last part of this season before he calls it a career.
If true, then not acquiring the Medical Retirement doesn't bother me too much.
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