Lakers coach shuts down Steve Nash retirement rumors

Nov 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash sits on the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at New Orleans Arena. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 96-85. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash is not getting any younger and the injuries continue to pile up as he gets up their in age. Recently, the time that Nash has had to take off related to back pains has led to rumors of a potential retirement, which were once again brought to the forefront by NBA writer Peter Vecsey.

Of course, the rumors seem to be just that and there is no real reason to believe Nash will not be returning to the court.

In fact, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni recently said that there has been no discussion about shutting Nash down or having him walk away, so we can put those rumors to rest. From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

When you consider the Lakers were expected to struggle early in the season in the absence of Kobe Bryant, it only makes sense for them to try to ride out their problems and wait for their biggest star to come back.

For Nash, that means resting him and allowing him to fully recover until he can return to the court.

But as far as those midseason retirement talks go, we wouldn’t expect anything to come of it.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash

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