Steve Nash was this week ruled out for the remainder of the season after struggling for much of the campaign with injury.
And at 40-years of age, and having 17 years experience in the league, many have been calling for the Lakers man to now finally call time on his career.
But in the latest in the series of Nash's Grantland video documentaries, the player was brutally honest about his desire to carry on into next season:
"“It’s just a reality.
“I’m not going to retire because I want the money. It’s honest."
The two time league MVP has received criticism from fans in the recent past having struggled to take to the court.
In the interview, which was filmed in the aftermath of Nash reaching his 10-game appearance minimum to guarantee his contract back in February but released last night, he was unapologetic about wanting to cash in while he still can:
"We want honest athletes, but at the same time, you’re going to have people out there saying ‘He’s so greedy. He’s made x amount of money and he has to take this last little bit.’
"Yes, I do, have to take that last little bit.
I’m sorry if that is frustrating to some but if they were in my shoes they would do exactly the same thing."
Nash is set to earn over $9 million dollars in the 2014-15 season with the LA Lakers, and has already amassed north of $137 million in his long pro career.
In fairness to Nash he has no obligation to forgo his final year under contract if he can recover to an extent where he can take to the court next year.
But his honesty is likely to draw criticism from some fans, which is a shame for a player who has given so much to the game.
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