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5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Lakers’ Steve Nash Should Retire Already

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Steve Nash Must Retire After This Season

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One of the greatest point guards that has ever played this game, Steve Nash, made his impact on the league when he left the Dallas Mavericks and joined the Phoenix Suns in 2004. During his tenure with the Suns, Nash turned the team around immediately. His style of play and mindset helped the young, inexperienced Suns improve their record by 33 wins, going 62-30. This sort of turnaround is still unprecedented and is something that only a select number of players can do. To top off the team's improvement, Nash won two straight MVP awards (2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons).

Despite not winning a championship with Phoenix, Nash changed the NBA forever along with Amar'e Stoudemire and coach Mike D'Antoni. Their fast paced, seven-seconds-or-less offense was never seen before by anybody. In this system, Nash proved that "stretch four" can translate into wins, an unheard of strategy at the time. Not many players can say that they have changed the NBA that drastically as the stretch four is more common than not today.

The way that Nash was able to orchestrate the offense and really take control of the game was extraordinary. He is also one of the best shooters that has ever lived. He put up 50-40-90 shooting percentages over four of five seasons in Phoenix while creating his own shot. Shooting off the dribble with that type of efficiency is an unbelievable feat, and we may never see another player like Nash again.

Now in his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Nash is struggling immensely. He was shipped to Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade deal when the Lakers were attempting to build a championship contender with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. To say things haven't gone as planned is a massive understatement. Here we are speaking of Nash's retirement.

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5. He's A Huge Detriment to the Lakers' Salary Cap

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Nash is set to make $9.7 million next season. With Bryant's recent contract extension, Nash's salary next season is going to be a huge issue. Between him and Bryant, over half of the Lakers' salary cap is clogged up. For a team looking to build a deep team full of marquee free agents, a near $10 million hit is something that must be avoided at all costs. A medical retirement is certainly a possibility at this point and something the Lakers should hope for.

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4. He's Old

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Lets face it, Nash is very old. He turned 40 the other day and we all know that Father Time is undefeated. Somebody that has played almost 18 seasons in the NBA at such a high level is bound to break down. Not only does Nash look old, but he plays old.

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3. He's Always Injured

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Since coming to Los Angeles, Nash has been bogged down by injury. It feels like since he stepped onto the Staples Center floor, he has been cursed with the injury bug. Nash fractured his leg in his second game of the season and has felt the repercussions ever since. He has felt the effects of nerve damage in his back as a result of the leg fracture. It is not something that can heal completely at this point, so this is a situation he will deal with for the remainder of his career.

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2. Virtually Ineffective When Healthy

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Even when Nash is healthy, he doesn't play very well. He is a liability on defense, and his athleticism just isn't there anymore. Sure he can still knock down an open shot, but if it weren't for his name, he would be on the bench playing behind Kendall Marshall, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake. No disrespect at all to the man whatsoever, but these are unfortunately the facts that he and D'Antoni must face.

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1. His Legacy is at Stake

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Nash's legacy is being seriously hindered in his stand with the Lakers. Los Angeles is one of the most popular teams in all of sports, so they are constantly being observed and picked apart. Therefore, the Nash of today is going to be the most recent memory for fans. It is difficult to remember all of the unimaginable accomplishments he has achieved because we are constantly exposed to his injuries and poor play. If he were to come back another season and go through the same injury-riddled season, Nash's legacy will be heavily impacted.