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Steve Nash Could Play Again This Year Despite Contrary Earlier Announcement

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Steve Nash #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Chicago Bulls at STAPLES Center on February 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 20, 2014

Steve Nash might not be done after all.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni seems to have pivoted from his earlier decision to shut Nash down for the rest of the season.

When asked if the 40-year-old point guard might see any game action down the stretch, D'Antoni said: "It's still a possibility. We have to see where he is physically. ... We'll have to see some practices and see how it goes."

That's hardly a firm statement, but it's awfully different from what D'Antoni said on March 13, per Mark Medina of InsideSoCal.com: "He’s not going to play. It doesn’t make any sense for him to come back for 15-18 games.”

With talk of medical retirement earlier this year and ongoing discussions about L.A. using its stretch provision to eliminate Nash's spot on the roster, this is a significant change in direction. And as much as anything, it's a credit to the aging point guard's relentless desire to prove he's not finished.

Nash took heat for admitting the $9.7 million remaining on his deal next year was partially motivating his desire to return. But he was simply being honest.

And anyone who focuses on that admission without giving equal weight to Nash's love of the game and history of unselfishness is engaging in a world-class feat of selective hearing.

The guy wants to play and maybe, just maybe, he's going to get that chance before the end of the 2013-14 season.

That might not mean anything for the Lakers in this utterly lost season, but it could give the team some hope for next year while also letting Nash prove to himself he's got a little bit left in the tank.

And really, what does anybody—the Lakers, Nash and D'Antoni—have to lose?

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