HoopsHype Steve Nash rumors
Is 40-year-old Steve Nash confident he will be ready for the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp? Or might his beaten body have a different opinion? "That's a good question," Nash said. "I think in my mind, yeah, I will be in camp. Who knows? I don't take anything for granted nowadays. I want to work as hard as I can to put myself in a position to compete, succeed and sustain it. At the same time, I got to prove it to myself every day." Yahoo! Sports
Nash said he expects to be healthy in about three to four weeks. He said he had fun when he played this season and wants to continue to play, though he's also fine with a lesser role mentoring young guards. He expects next season to be his last. "They can't rely on me, frankly," Nash said. "Hopefully, I come back and play 82 games next year and the sky is the limit. But they can't rely on me if they don't know what I'm going to bring, so they got to evaluate those guys for next season." Yahoo! Sports
By the end of the night, after seeing Nash do his thing for 19 minutes, if you didn't know that No. 10 for the Lakers was a 40-year old who has been ravaged by nerve damage in his back and hamstrings the last two years you would say L.A. had a promising backup point guard on its roster. Nash left the arena without speaking to reporters Friday, but his coach is making sure there will be at least one more encore performance. "I said this is not your last game," D’Antoni relayed after the Lakers' 107-95 loss to the Mavericks. "He said, 'OK.' So, we'll play him." ESPN.com
Despite beating Phoenix on Sunday, the Lakers (25-48) are on pace to have the worst season in the franchise's 54-year Los Angeles era. Yet Nash still yearns to play, traveling to Vancouver to see his physiotherapist regularly and even coming off the bench in his last two appearances. "Next year is not guaranteed," Nash said, although his salary is. "You never know what will happen with my back and the situation with the team. I just want to play a little bit in case I don't get to play again." Arizona Republic
For financial reasons, the Lakers currently plan to keep him next season, The Times has learned, eating the remainder of his contract ($9.7 million) in one swoop instead of waiving him and spreading the money out over three years. It would give them more money to spend in the summers of 2015 and 2016, when they figure to be active players in the free-agent market amid such possible names as Kevin Love, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Los Angeles Times
Forget Shady Pines, when Steve Nash retires ... he'll be in the lap of luxury -- 'cause the L.A. Lakers star just dropped $4.8 million on a Manhattan Beach pad ... TMZ Sports has learned. Our real estate sources tell us ... Nash had been on the hunt for a permanent home on the West Coast -- somewhere he could settle down after his NBA career. Then he found a 4,175 square foot gem just 2 blocks from the sand. TMZ.com
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