Ex-Laker star: Steve Nash should retire

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Former Los Angeles Lakers star, Gary Payton has said that he thinks Steve Nash should retire. Payton, now 45 believes that Nash's ongoing injury problems are holding him back from being productive on the court.

"He gettin' hurt to much, I mean, when you are getting hurt that many times, you think you can play, but it don't help you" Payton told TMZ Sports.

Nash, who turned 40 last week has started just 10 games for the Lakers this season and is averaging seven points and eight assists in those games.

The Lakers are currently struggling toward the bottom of the western conference as they have failed to deal with extended absences from Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

Payton did say that he thought Nash would be a Hall of Fame candidate when he eventually retires: "He did a great job. He'll be in the Hall of Fame. He'll be alright."

Gary Payton won an NBA championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat and was a nine-time All-Star during his 17-year career.

Nash has been voted the NBA's most valuable player on two occasions and is an eight-time All-Star but has never won a championship in 18 years.

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