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Should Steve Nash retire?

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07:27 AM ET 11.13 | At this point, the 'R' word isn't beyond the realm of possibility, but the Lakers haven't given up on Steve Nash. [They're] not pushing him into an early retirement. "There's always going to be a debate but we're not going to debate it, talk about it," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Tuesday. "He's going to try to get ready, he's going to try to play and we're going to try to win. It's really simple for us." ... Nash has already missed three of nine games and is out at least two more weeks because of nerve damage in his back, the latest injury to hit him since he joined the Lakers. But should he retire? He makes $9.3 million this season and $9.7 million next season. If he's found physically unable to play by Lakers back specialist Robert Watkins, Nash still receives full compensation.

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November 13, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Give him the money and force him to retire. You can't rely on a player that's not always there or don't know when he is going be there. His body is gonna get worse every year and he showed signs for many years already. Retire him now!

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November 13, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Yes; he should retire. I know that he's trying to honor his contract but its very apparent that he no longer can deliver at his age. When Kidd and Grant Hill left the game at the end of last season Nash should have taken the same exit strategy. There are no championship to be won and no more awards to collect, considering all the signs that point to his injuries; its time to leave the game.

November 13, 2013  08:38 AM ET
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Give him the money and force him to retire. You can't rely on a player that's not always there or don't know when he is going be there. His body is gonna get worse every year and he showed signs for many years already. Retire him now!

I agree with pay what was agreed to. Maybe keep him on the sidelines to rally the troops and help coach/train young players. But again, I do agree with pay him what was agreed to...

November 13, 2013  08:40 AM ET
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If he gets a nice buyout.....sure.
But I wouldn't leave all that free $ on the table

Go on the bynum plan

You're just thinking money. What if he wound up paralyzed or painfully gimped the rest of his life? Money might have been the wrong motive...

November 13, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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You're just thinking money. What if he wound up paralyzed or painfully gimped the rest of his life? Money might have been the wrong motive...

I think Kobe needs to give him the number to his doctor in Germany right about now....

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November 13, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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I think Kobe needs to give him the number to his doctor in Germany right about now....

Then he can stick out his contract and Kobe can teach him how to win...

And get the Lakers Lasik procedure to handle the bright lights!

November 13, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Its not football eli, where he is going g to get hammered on every play
He has another year and a half on a guaranteed deal.....if he's hurt,
Its his prerogative to sit on the shelf and collect $ that kupkake promised him

Comment #5. I agree he should get his pay...

I know he doesn't get hammered, but freak accidents happen.

Just the other day two freaks in a Honda collided with a freak in a mini van down the street...

November 13, 2013  08:50 AM ET

Laaaaaaaaakers wiiiiiiiiiiiiin!!!!!!!!!

November 13, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Jordan Hill had a good game as did the X-man and Nick Young.

*Glares at Solon, Ohio & West Covina, California*

November 13, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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If he gets a nice buyout.....sure.But I wouldn't leave all that free $ on the tableGo on the bynum plan

It's called the stretch provision.

November 13, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Somebody is gonna say it's just the Pelicans in your HC...

November 13, 2013  09:01 AM ET

With the difficult stretch in the first 10 games, who predicted he'd be happy with 4-6?

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November 13, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Why would LA stretch him and pay him over time when his 10 mil comes off the books next year?That's called bad business.You stretch someone if you need the extra cap room to sign someone NOWThey don't need that

In the offseason, they'll have a lot of cap space.

It makes sense to use the stretch provision in the offseason. If the trade doesn't work out with Toronto.

November 13, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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I agree with pay what was agreed to. Maybe keep him on the sidelines to rally the troops and help coach/train young players. But again, I do agree with pay him what was agreed to...

I appreciate Steve desire to play and fight he has on him to honor his contract. Unfortunately his body is giving up on him and no matter how strong he is mentally he is on a point that he should consider leaving his job.
That said the Lakers t

 
November 13, 2013  09:11 AM ET

It Was Just Not Meant To Be, Bro.

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