Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash isn’t a young man. He is 39 years old this season and that has sparked the talk of a potential retirement, but Nash recently made it clear that he was not ready to call it a career.
The current plan for Nash is to finish out his current contract with the Lakers before determining what his next move will be.
That’s about 18 months. So I’ve got to find a way to get through that and prove to myself every day that I can contribute.
Q: Do you envision any set of circumstances that would cause you to say, ‘You know what? Next season is not going to happen? I’m not going to be able to be the player I want to be?’
A: I don’t think so. I’m already not the player I want to be and just [have] a different body. My body’s different. I’m still trying to adjust and adapt and get my body to accept a certain amount of the pounding and forces and be able to adjust my game and still be productive. I still feel like I’ve got a lot of life left without basketball so I’m going to try to enjoy it and make the most of these last 18-20 months, whatever it is…..
Q: So in your mind, retirement is not a word that you …’
A: No. I’m not there yet. No.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, Nash’s contract will hold them back a bit, but the Lakers will have to suck it up and deal with an aging point guard running the show until his contract expires.