Center Court wrote: Lakerjones wrote:
therealdeal wrote:He's perpetually hurt. Everything on his body hurts because he's old as heck and needs to retire.
As long as he is able to play I'm fine with him doing so this year. But at the end of the season he absolutely needs to shut it down. It might happen during the season depending on health of course. But if he can go I'm cool with it until he can't. No more than this season though. He should not be playing next year, period.
Not sure why he'd consider retiring mid-season nor why we would want that.
I agree he is staring retirement in the face but at the same time he's still a great voice and figure in the locker room,brings a lot to the table in terms of knowing this offense and basketball knowledge. He's almost like an assisstant coach in uniform and if he can just play 16-20 mins a game it's a big help.
If he retires, he can stay on the bench and help that way.
He could retire midseason because maybe it takes 40 games to realize that his body can't handle the rigors of the NBA anymore. That's not impossible. Hell I might go so far as to say it's not unlikely. The Lakers would want that because it means more minutes for the exciting Farmar and less minutes of Nash who is swiftly becoming a liability on the floor. It's not so different than when Fisher was here. Love his attitude, but hate his production.
I'm with you LJ. This season needs to be the end for him. Let the Lakers move on and let us use that salary to help build a new team. It's not that I don't appreciate his contributions. In fact, it's because I like him so much that I'd like to see him retire. I don't want to watch him play this way and have it be the way he's remembered by the Lakers.