Steve Nash has confirmed that the 2014-15 season will be his last, not only with the Los Angeles Lakers, but as a professional in the NBA.
The veteran point guard has enjoyed a long and successful spell in the NBA but struggled to stay healthy during a 2013-14 campaign in which he was limited to just 15 appearances.
And Tuesday, speaking to reports following Team Canada's tune-up game against Slovenia, the now 40-year-old admitted he only had one year left in him:
"I think this is my last season," explained Nash.
"But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it'll be nice to play one more year."
Nash in the NBA
Steve Nash entered the NBA as the 15th pick of the first round of the 1996 draft, and has gone on to forge a truly impressive career over the subsequent 18 years.
Currently with the Lakers, Nash enjoyed successful spells with the Dallas Mavericks, and most famously, the Phoenix Suns. The point guard was named the Most Valuable Player in the NBA for two consecutive seasons during 2005-2006, and has been handed All-Star honors on eight occasions.
Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists in his 1217 NBA games to date.
The Canadian is one of the most talented players never to win an NBA Championship however, and with just one season left in which to reach that goal, and the Los Angeles Lakers looking an outset bet even for a playoff spot in the West, it looks like he will retire with that unwanted honor intact.
The announcement of sorts by Nash does not come out of the blue. His well-documented injury woes, and father time, have caught up with him in recent times. As such his impact on the roster has taken a nose dive over the past couple of seasons.
Many suspected that the 2013-14 campaign may in fact prove to be Nash's last because of this. However, the veteran point guard has always insisted that he would at least see out the remainder of his Lakers contract.
Nash is set to earn just over $9.7 million next season and was unwilling to forgo the millions of dollars even if his body was trying to tell him otherwise.
His honest brought criticism from many onlookers, but fellow Laker Kobe Bryant was quick to jump to his defence. Nash's revelation also begs the question just how long can his fellow veteran Kobe hang on in the NBA.
How the latter performs in his comeback this season will go along way to answering that question.
As for Steve Nash, it looks like his mind is already made up and the Canadian will be hoping he can do himself justice in his final season in the NBA.
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