HoopsHype Steve Nash rumors

November 8, 2014 Updates

Steve Nash: I have a ton of miles on my back. Three buldging disks (a tear in one), stenosis of the nerve route and spondylolisthesis. I suffer from sciatica and after games I often can't sit in the car on the drive home, which has made for some interesting rides. Most nights I'm bothered by severe cramping in both calves while I sleep, a result of the same damn nerve routes, and the list goes on somewhat comically. That's what you deserve for playing over 1,300 NBA games. By no means do I tell you this for sympathy - especially since I see these ailments as badges of honor - but maybe I can bring some clarity. I've always been one of the hardest workers in the game and I say that at the risk of what it assumes. The past 2 years I've worked like a dog to not only overcome these setbacks but to find the form that could lift up and inspire the fans in LA as my last chapter. Obviously it's been a disaster on both fronts but I've never worked harder, sacrificed more or faced such a difficult challenge mentally and emotionally. Facebook.com

Steve Nash: Competitiveness, professionalism, naiveté and hope that at some point I'd turn a corner has kept me fighting to get back. As our legendary trainer Gary Vitti, who is a close friend, told me, 'You're the last to know' - and my back has shown me the forecast over the past 18-20 months. To ignore it any longer is irresponsible. But that doesn't mean that life stops. This may be hard for people to understand unless you've played NBA basketball, but there is an incredible difference between this game and swinging a golf club, hiking, even hitting a tennis ball or playing basketball at the park. Fortunately those other activities aren't debilitating, but playing an NBA game usually puts me out a couple of weeks. Once you're asked to accelerate and decelerate with Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving it is a completely different demand. Facebook.com

November 7, 2014 Updates

While he’s been away, Nash has been engaging in some mildly physical activities, and posting pictures to his Instagram account. He was hiking in Sedona on Halloween, which got him some unfriendly comments. But what seemed to push the more fanatical side of the Lakers fan base over the edge was a brief video of him hitting golf balls. NBCSports.com

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In the ad, Nash dons spectacles and a wig, appearing as an everyday librarian who can feel like an MVP thanks to the fantasy app. “I love being a librarian,” Nash says at the start of the spot, “but some days can be a little quiet.” He goes on to demonstrate the app and how it adds some excitement to his daily routine (while getting shushed). The spot ends with the tagline, “Have an MVP day,” emphasizing the short format. It was released to coincide with the start of the NBA season. A future spot starring Tom Brady will roll out near the end of the NFL season, when many players in traditional fantasy leagues have already been eliminated. Media Bistro

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The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that Nash, whose chronic back issues date to his days playing with Nowitzki on the Dallas Mavericks more than a decade ago, would sit out what would have been the 19th season of his NBA career. "I texted him actually that I was proud of him and I was proud to be his teammate," Nowitzki told ESPNDallas.com on Sunday. "We had an unbelievable run. "I told him that if you would have told me a 6-foot white guy from Canada was going to be back-to-back MVPs, I would have said you're absolutely nuts. He had an unbelievable ride. ESPN.com

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While both have made the team's initial roster, point guard Ronnie Price and shooting guard Wayne Ellington are non-guaranteed until Nov. 15, at which point a salary of a little over $300,000 apiece locks in. Price's guaranteed pay will step up to $658,405 if he's on the team as of Dec 15. Should Ellington stick to Dec. 1, $581,692 of his salary will be guaranteed. With Steve Nash ruled out for the season with chronic back issues, Price is expected to be a primary rotation player and possible starter. Los Angeles Times

Chances are he'll never play another NBA minute. There's a chance he won't even exit the grand stage as a Laker because, as club sources indicate, management plans to at least explore its options to turn Nash's $9.7 million expiring contract into something useful between now and the February trade deadline. ESPN.com

Kupchak said the Lakers have reached out to the league about applying for a disabled player exception. If it is granted, it would be worth roughly $4.85 million. "This just came about, and he remains on our roster," Kupchak said. "We made a couple of preliminary phone calls, looking into the mechanics of the disabled player exception, so we'll look into that further next week and probably get that process going." ESPN.com

Just outside the trainer's office, I stood in the doorway for a good half-hour, horrified but unable to look away as Suns lifer Aaron Nelson pushed and pulled and twisted and stretched Nash's limbs in a manner that your squeamish correspondent will never forget. Just picturing the pressure Nelson was applying so close to Nash's crotch, trying to loosen up all the connected circuitry that made him go back then at 38, still makes me wince as I type about it more than two years later. Nash, of course, would eventually rise up off Nelson's training table and laugh at me for being such a baby. The daily toll it took just to get on the floor in his later years, just to be able to handle the rigors of your average Friday in the NBA, never bothered "Two Time." ESPN.com

Sadly, though, Nash has essentially never recovered from that collision with Portland's Damian Lillard in his second game as a Laker, which left him vulnerable to the heartless whims of nerve root irritation and its habit of zapping him in the back without warning. Yet close associates of the now 40-year-old insist that he's in pretty good spirits given the gravity and suddenness of Thursday's announcement from the Lakers that Nash's 2014-15 season is over before it started. It has unofficially forced Nash to retire, whether he's really ready to or not. ESPN.com

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