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5 Reasons Why It’s Not Time for Steve Nash to Retire From the NBA

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5 Reasons Why It's Not Time for Steve Nash to Retire From the NBA

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USA TODAY Sports- Gary A. Vasquez

I get why people do not want to watch the decline of Steve Nash, but let the man be. If the Los Angeles Lakers want to pay him to play basketball, then let them do it. That is pretty much the bottom line of this slideshow, so just know that if you are not done with Steve, then you are not down with me.

You never know what could happen next season, and the Lakers could even return to the playoffs if Kobe Bryant can find a way to return healthy. That still remains to be seen, but the Black Mamba's heart cannot be denied. If the five time champ can get back to the court, then we will all be the better for it.

This slideshow dives into the five reasons why Steve Nash should not hang up his sneakers just yet; they range from love to money, and we also might even touch on the Grantland videos Nash has been doing lately. Pretty much all of the content on that site (when it comes to basketball) is pretty top notch and would recommend it to any die-harders out there. I do not love Zach Lowe yet, but do admire the sheer amount of decent content he can produce. His sense of humor is growing on me, but it is not quite at a Bill Simmons level.

In any case, here is hoping that they keep cranking out the Nash video series, because it is quite fascinating. This one goes out to all the Laker fans who are having a boring basketball month.

Dave Daniels is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @AllDave_AllDay, like him on Facebook here or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Pure Money

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USA TODAY Sports- Gary A. Vasquez

This one does not really need an explanation, but I will humor you anyway. Nash is making 9 million dollars next year, and you take it when someone offers that much money to just play basketball. Jalen Rose would say "keep getting them checks Steve" to be sure if Nash asked the analyst's advice on the matter.

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4. One More Chance at Mamba Magic

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USA TODAY Sports- Gary A. Vasquez

Kobe Bryant recently said that revenge will be "sweet" and "quick", which honestly makes him sound more like a homicidal maniac than ever. You have to love that kind of competitive spirit, and it would truly be a blessing from the basketball gods if we could see a healthy Mamba and Nash on the floor next season.

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3. Why Not?

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USA TODAY Sports- Howard Smith

Nash said "anything is possible" after the Lakers told him they would not be using the stretch provision on him over the summer. We really do not know what the next year holds, but it should be fun to watch. Nash will have a productive career after basketball, but why not put off the moment for himself as long as possible.

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2. Escaping Father Time

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USA TODAY Sports- Howard Smith

Nash turned back the clock recently with his performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on his 40th birthday, and it would be a true accomplishment if he can come back and be effective next season. It is not likely, but anything is possible.

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1. Pure Love

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USA TODAY Sports- Howard Smith

Nash loves the game; you can tell that he sees the end, so why not allow him to enjoy one more year of ball? I know people love to hate at times, but sometimes a man's passion is just too incredible to deny. Let him be.

Dave Daniels is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @AllDave_AllDay, like him on Facebook here or add him to your network on Google.