Steve Nash should seriously consider retirement
Steve Nash, aged 39, is currently the oldest player active in the NBA. In about a month from now, the Canadian star will turn 40. Since he stepped foot in LA to join Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, things have not gone as he initially expected. After a drama 2012-2013 season and a bunch of injuries, he continues to struggle to find his health this season, too. After all that he’s been through and with the eyes pointing the future, maybe the best decision he can take at the moment is to hang his shoes.
Nash appeared in just six games this season. On November 10, in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he went down with a back issue. Since then, he is experiencing one setback after another. At the moment, he remains sidelined and he will miss the big road trip the Los Angeles Lakers have ahead. If he manages to return to action, that could be at a time around early February. But is it worth the try?
It’s clear that the 2014-version of Steve Nash is not the Steve Nash all NBA fans loved and admired. Since he became a member of the Lakers, his numbers have gone down, aging started to greatly affect his body and he simply turned into just a mediocre point guard rather than a star.
In his 17 years in the league, Nash has a 14.3-point average per game. He also averages 8.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 49.0 percent shooting from the field. He has also shot 42.8 percent from long range for his career. Nonetheless, during the last couple of seasons, his numbers have dropped significantly.
During the 2012-2013 campaign, Nash was able to participate in 50 games with the Lakers and he averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds. Apart from his numbers, though, we also saw Mike D’Antoni switching to a role that Nash wasn’t used to play. Instead of orchestrating the offensive flow, Nash became more of a spot-up shooter, with Kobe handling the ball most of the time.
As the legendary point guard stated, he wants to contribute, he wants to get healthy once again and be able to help his team move forward. Nonetheless, this might not be the best choice.
It would be great if Nash could magically push the button and become five years younger, back and healthy once again. But obviously that can’t happen. That’s why it’s best for him to take the difficult decision and retire. All the fans would like to remember him as a dominant point guard, one of the top 10 playmakers to ever pass from the courts of the league. Because with this situation he currently is in, the only thing he achieves is to damage his fame, the way the NBA world reacts when his name is heard.
As it happens with all good things in the world, they will have to eventually end. It’s better for them to end during their peak and not exit from the stage of decay.