Steve Nash Leaves Game Early in Los Angeles Lakers Loss to Jazz, Fueling Retirement Talk
The Los Angeles Lakers just got Steve Nash back healthy and in the lineup last week after the point guard missed 39 games due to a back injury. On Tuesday night as the Lakers suffered an embarrassing 96-79 loss to the Utah Jazz, Nash’s 2013-14 NBA season saw yet another setback.
Nash didn’t play in the second half for the Lakers due to injuries. While head coach Mike D’Antoni said post-game that Nash’s hamstring had flared up a bit and the team decided to sideline him, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports that Nash was sidelined due to nerve root irritation, which is the back injury that kept him out for that lengthy stretch that ended last week.
The 40-year-old Nash was already somewhat of a question mark for Tuesday’s game after a collision mildly injured his left leg on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. He’s now being listed as day-to-day after Tuesday’s injuries, but the outlook seems much bleaker than that with all things considered.
There have been recent reports that Nash is considering retirement after this season, though the veteran point guard has denied the validity of those claims. However, it’s pretty clear that we’re getting close to the point in Nash’s career where retirement might be the best option for him.
When he’s on the floor, he’s shown flashes of his former self, but he also still isn’t nearly the force that he was in this league for so many years. In addition to his performance, he can’t stay on the floor anymore. It’s hard to see a future Hall-of-Famer like himself struggle to simply be able to play basketball games, but it’s something that happens to 40-year-old men with 17 years in the NBA under their belts. It’s definitely going to be tough to see him go, but it seems like it might actually be time for Nash to hang it up.