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March 23, 2015 Updates

"I had incredibly high hopes coming here," Nash said as part of a 45-minute conversation Friday in his living room, some of which you might have already seen on SportsCenter. "I wanted to do great things in this city," he said. "And it didn't happen. But a big part of why I came here was because I wanted to be in the fire. I wanted to be judged. I wanted to be under pressure in my last chapter. I didn't want to fade off. "And in some ways, I got bit by that. But that's what I wanted. That is the way to end your career ... [playing with] the most risk and the most reward. I accept it. It's been a great experience, regardless of the noise out there." ESPN.com

"I actually feel like I'm doing great," Nash said. "The saving grace for me is that the mornings I wake up and say, 'I want to play today. Can I still do it?' ... it takes me about 30 seconds to realize, 'You can't do it.' So the answer was made for me. I just cannot do it anymore. "I had to just be honest and accept the fact that I can rehab this way for the next 10 years, and I'm not going to be in a position to help the team. So that saves me. That makes it bearable. That's made me, in some ways, kind of move past it. "There is going to be a transition here where I'm gonna have to become someone else, do something else, and that's going to be tricky. I don't want to underestimate that. But I feel pretty good about it." ESPN.com

Despite Fil-Am Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson expressing interest in playing for the national team, head coach Tab Baldwin admitted Gilas Pilipinas is not likely to naturalize guards in the near future, stating that big men are still the priority. “The difficult thing for Jordan is traditionally the Philippines needs a big man in a naturalized role,” he said Sunday, March 22 following Talk ’N Text’s twice-to-beat clinching win over Alaska in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “If there ever came a time that we needed a guard, it’s great to know that Jordan is available. He’s easy to naturalize.” Rappler

Coach Byron Scott will miss the first two games of the Los Angeles Lakers' road trip to remain in Southern California for the funeral of his mother, Dorothy. She died March 15 at age 72. Scott's plans are to rejoin the club in Toronto on Thursday, the day before the Lakers play the Raptors. Assistant coach Paul Pressey will call the shots Tuesday night at Oklahoma City and Wednesday night at Minnesota. The Lakers are the seventh team Pressey has served in this capacity, starting with the Golden State Warriors in 1992-93. USA Today Sports

March 22, 2015 Updates

As a bonus, in case he needs the pick-me-up, Nash can console himself with the knowledge that at least one pretty good basketball team still covets his services. League sources told ESPN.com earlier this month that LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers -- who happen to have two of the biggest Nash admirers on Earth in their front office in David Griffin and former teammate Raja Bell -- let it be known to longtime Nash agent Bill Duffy that they would love to give the old man a whirl as a short-minute backup to Kyrie Irving if Nash wanted to seek a buyout after the trade deadline from whoever had him at that point. No chance, though. He only wanted to come back -- and go out -- as a Laker. ESPN.com

The reason his retirement wasn't formally announced then? Lakers officials asked him to delay the news he broke Saturday so they could try to trade his expiring, $9.7 million contract for an asset with more staying power. The silver lining there, of course, is Nash has had some time to get used to the idea of telling the world what only family, friends and confidantes have known all season. "I actually feel like I'm doing great," Nash said. "The saving grace for me is that the mornings I wake up and say, 'I want to play today. Can I still do it?' ... it takes me about 30 seconds to realize, 'You can't do it.' So the answer was made for me. I just cannot do it anymore. "I had to just be honest and accept the fact that I can rehab this way for the next 10 years, and I'm not going to be in a position to help the team. So that saves me. That makes it bearable. That's made me, in some ways, kind of move past it. ESPN.com

Ask him where his MVP trophies are, and Steve Nash isn't so sure. Invite him to go back and figuratively rewrite the ending to the playoff heartbreak of his choice, just for the sport of it, and Nash says there's no need. Remind him of that Sports Illustrated cover, on which he's bouncing giddily alongside Dwight Howard and a headline proclaiming how much fun was in store, and Nash can only acknowledge that "nothing worked out the way we intended it to work out." "It wasn't as much fun as we thought," Nash said with a chuckle meant as much as anything to convey chagrin. ESPN.com

Before the 2014-15 season began, when the Los Angeles Lakers were still in training camp, Byron Scott studied the way Steve Nash moved on the court, and the Lakers head coach liked what he saw. “I was really excited because I did see a lot of the Steve Nash that I had played against and coached against for so many years,” Scott said Saturday after practice. Scott envisioned the then-40-year old Nash, a two-time MVP, playing between 15 and 20 minutes a night. But more importantly, Scott hoped Nash would be around the team to help instill professionalism and leadership into their younger players. ESPN.com

“I thought he needed time to kind of start really focusing on the next part of his life,” Scott said. “Sometimes guys can’t be around it. It’s that much harder for them. I don’t think anybody here in the organization faults him for not being around because like I said, I think we all understand -- especially myself and [Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak], who are ex-basketball players who’ve been in this business for a long time -- we all understand that sometimes guys need that peace away from the game to kind of get their head right and just kind of figure out what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.” ESPN.com

A few weeks ago, Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters that he likely could never coach the Celtics because he had played such a pivotal role in the 1980s rivalry between the teams. Having been on both sides, Fox has a different perspective. “Byron obviously had a huge, long stretch of competitive series and years of battling for championships and understandably so, they butted heads consistently,” he said. “In my time, it was like the Lakers and Sacramento [rivalry]. Being a member of the Sacramento Kings organization would be quite strange and I don’t know if I could take that job. Me personally, the Celtics and the Lakers, I have great loyalty to both organizations. I have a lot of love for LA. I live out here in LA but I go back and forth to Boston a lot. When I was playing in Boston, the Lakers were really not very good at the time. We weren’t competing for championships. “I root for both teams and I want both teams to do well.” Boston Globe

March 21, 2015 Updates
 

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