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07:26 AM ET 02.11 | Steve Nash aims to play Tuesday night when the Lakers host Utah at Staples Center. He also has no plans to retire, either. "I work as hard as I can everyday to perform and keep going until I'm not playing anymore," Nash said. "But right now, I have no intentions to stop playing." Nash left midway through the third quarter of the Lakers' 92-86 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center after feeling nerve irritation in his fractured left leg after colliding with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich. That's notable because Nash fractured his left leg last season, which soon created nerve damage that hurt his leg, back and hamstrings. ... Nash described his back as "still irritated" and believed he will have to deal with nerve damage "for the rest of my life."

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February 11, 2014  07:47 AM ET

hang it up?

February 11, 2014  07:54 AM ET

Done. Finished. Over. Kaput. Broken.

February 11, 2014  08:15 AM ET

Does anyone still think these guys don't earn their money? I mean look a this guy. A relatively young man with permanent nerve damage, all from playing a game that makes his team's owner even richer. And what do you think that owner will do with Steve Nash, and all of the other Steve Nash's in the league when their bodies are all used up?

So the next time we fans start complaining about the ungrateful, coddled professional athlete living in the lap of luxury while Dire Strait's "Money For Nothing" plays in the background, remember this and stories like it.

February 11, 2014  08:38 AM ET

Why not just retire, rather than risk more injury?
I mean the team isn't going anywhere

February 11, 2014  08:39 AM ET

He is done! He just can't accept it. You take 3 months off just to play 2-3 games. Wtf...

February 11, 2014  09:05 AM ET

Time To Ride Off Into The Sunset, Bro.

February 11, 2014  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Does anyone still think these guys don't earn their money? I mean look a this guy. A relatively young man with permanent nerve damage, all from playing a game that makes his team's owner even richer. And what do you think that owner will do with Steve Nash, and all of the other Steve Nash's in the league when their bodies are all used up?So the next time we fans start complaining about the ungrateful, coddled professional athlete living in the lap of luxury while Dire Strait's "Money For Nothing" plays in the background, remember this and stories like it.

He is also making himself even richer he has a net worth of 75 million so no I don't feel a bit sorry for him it was his choice he could of retired early, he could of chose a different job i'm sure he's got a college education and also you don't think there are people in other professions that get injured on the job? and i'm sure they aren't getting $8 million a year to do it.....

February 11, 2014  09:06 AM ET

Nash will probably regret going to the lakers

February 11, 2014  09:24 AM ET
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He is also making himself even richer he has a net worth of 75 million so no I don't feel a bit sorry for him it was his choice he could of retired early, he could of chose a different job i'm sure he's got a college education and also you don't think there are people in other professions that get injured on the job? and i'm sure they aren't getting $8 million a year to do it.....

Nobody is buying a ticket, helping fill an arena to watch some guy do accounting. Futhermore, until Nike starts selling Otto the garbage man's jersey down at the local Footlocker and people are buying it, your argument makes no sense.

February 11, 2014  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Does anyone still think these guys don't earn their money? I mean look a this guy. A relatively young man with permanent nerve damage, all from playing a game that makes his team's owner even richer. And what do you think that owner will do with Steve Nash, and all of the other Steve Nash's in the league when their bodies are all used up?So the next time we fans start complaining about the ungrateful, coddled professional athlete living in the lap of luxury while Dire Strait's "Money For Nothing" plays in the background, remember this and stories like it.

He's a dinosaur in terms of sports athletes. You say we should show loyalty to players when management is willing to dump them, but what about the stories like Nash where athletes who can't play at all are stealing large sums of money from franchises? I have no pity for Nash if he is cut right now without a single cent coming his way. He didn't earn even a fraction of his paycheck in reality. Point for the owners.

February 11, 2014  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He's a dinosaur in terms of sports athletes. You say we should show loyalty to players when management is willing to dump them, but what about the stories like Nash where athletes who can't play at all are stealing large sums of money from franchises? I have no pity for Nash if he is cut right now without a single cent coming his way. He didn't earn even a fraction of his paycheck in reality. Point for the owners.

There are a lot of similiar situations like NASH's out there...

I agree POINT goes to the owners...

Don't get me wrong in his prime he was a joy to watch dish out those assists, but watching him struggle is down right hurts my eyes...

February 11, 2014  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He's a dinosaur in terms of sports athletes. You say we should show loyalty to players when management is willing to dump them, but what about the stories like Nash where athletes who can't play at all are stealing large sums of money from franchises? I have no pity for Nash if he is cut right now without a single cent coming his way. He didn't earn even a fraction of his paycheck in reality. Point for the owners.

But is Nash really stealing money? From all accounts, this man has been doing absolutely everything he can to get back on the court to play. Isn't that really all that you can ask of someone? Now, if he were dogging his rehab and didn't care, that's a different story. It's not his fault the Lakers thought investing in a 38 year-old pg who was already semi-broken was a good idea. He is hardly stealing money.

February 11, 2014  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

But is Nash really stealing money? From all accounts, this man has been doing absolutely everything he can to get back on the court to play. Isn't that really all that you can ask of someone? Now, if he were dogging his rehab and didn't care, that's a different story. It's not his fault the Lakers thought investing in a 38 year-old pg who was already semi-broken was a good idea. He is hardly stealing money.

I agree. And he actually looked solid in 2 games, spearheaded by his 19 point, 5 assists and 4 rebound performance.

February 11, 2014  10:46 AM ET

LOL jus retire already. Nash doesn't want 2 hear the truth from the fans, media or other players & apparently he doesn't want 2 hear it from his body either. SMH

February 11, 2014  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nobody is buying a ticket, helping fill an arena to watch some guy do accounting. Futhermore, until Nike starts selling Otto the garbage man's jersey down at the local Footlocker and people are buying it, your argument makes no sense.

and with your typical blue collar worker who also gets hurt on the job, nobody is paying his medical bills or wages for the rest of his life either ... and that fool doesn't have 75 million stashed away to get him thru the rest of his life either... this dude will never have to work another day again in his life... hard to feel sorry for him??

February 11, 2014  10:53 AM ET

Father Time will haunt him more.

February 11, 2014  11:05 AM ET
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and with your typical blue collar worker who also gets hurt on the job, nobody is paying his medical bills or wages for the rest of his life either ... and that fool doesn't have 75 million stashed away to get him thru the rest of his life either... this dude will never have to work another day again in his life... hard to feel sorry for him??

Hahaha i know u don't feel sorry 4 him!

February 11, 2014  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Hahaha i know u don't feel sorry 4 him!

a lot of us blue collar guys work our tails off... we go into work when we have aches and pains.. but you just work thru it.. and when you come to the later part of your working career, you have parts og your body that will never heal right... yet there is no pot of gold ($75 million) over the rainbow waiting for us like these clowns who think they have it so rough??? wtf?? get a real job... they have no clue of the average working man struggles just to get by...

February 11, 2014  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

a lot of us blue collar guys work our tails off... we go into work when we have aches and pains.. but you just work thru it.. and when you come to the later part of your working career, you have parts og your body that will never heal right... yet there is no pot of gold ($75 million) over the rainbow waiting for us like these clowns who think they have it so rough??? wtf?? get a real job... they have no clue of the average working man struggles just to get by...

trust me, i know. I am an average blue collar worker myself.

 
February 11, 2014  11:16 AM ET
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trust me, i know. I am an average blue collar worker myself.

Are you sure? I thought you worked in a bank which would make you white collar or maybe pink collar.

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