I know that many on here have been trashing Nash for how he has looked.
I am not one of them. I respect his work ethic, his talent, and what he has done for the game. I don't think its the right thing to trash someone who has played very well for very long, and the toll on the body is just catching up to them.
It happens to us all.....
That said, it does seem like Nash is at the point that many others have come to. One injury leads to another, and another. The body is falling apart slowly, and even lots of hard work can't get it back.
We watched it happen to Shaq not too long ago.... Jason Kidd just started slipping FAST the last 2 years and is now a coach. Manu looks to be getting close to the same place.
If you here all the quotes, Nash really wants to play. He is still working at it.... but the frustration is evident.
He just strikes me as the type of person who will not sit and ride out he contract just to collect a check and force the hand of the team.
I really think that if things do not improve significantly, he will retire by this summer at the latest....
If Nash was to retire there are possible effects on the Lakers going forward.
1) He has to "report" if still getting paid. So many players work out a lower "buy-Out" from the team. The lower amount is what counts against the cap. Rasheed Wallace did this as well as many others. The Lakers could take a lower cap number for Nash if this happened.
2) Nash could just retire, and file his league paperwork. At that point his contract is terminated and no longer counts against the Lakers cap. Jason Williams did this recently.
3) If Nash was forced to retire due to a specific injury then he would have to sit out around 40 games or something like that. His salary could then be picked up by insurance and the Lakers can apply for his salary to be taken off the books.
This all may seem pre-mature, but I was thinking about it. Didn't know if any of you thought it was a possibility. There would be benefit to the Lakers for sure.... if he can't go.