"I think this is my last season," Nash said. "But I still love to play, practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many many years living this life without basketball. It'll be nice to play one more year."
Last season, Nash was riddled with injuries and finished the season watching the Lakers from the sideline. During his limited time on the court (15 games), he notched just 6.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds, some of the lowest totals of his career.
Nash has spent his career with three different franchises, but he is most remembered for his time with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. The Canadian was a two-time MVP in 2005 and 2006 along with being voted to eight All-Star Games.
The superstar has clearly spent the twilight of his career with the Lakers but still has a chance to make an impact this season. Lakers Nation notes how Nash's potential final season might be a success:
If Steve Nash can play backup minutes and serve as a mentor for Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson, I'd consider it a successful season.— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) July 27, 2014
Despite missing all but 15 games last season, Nash has a chance to improve the Lakers' future in his final campaign. With Jeremy Lin being brought in and Jordan Clarkson being drafted, Nash could take on a mentor role with his health in question.
Nash also commented on the future of his current franchise, per Medina:
They're waiting to see which free agents are available next summer and the summer after, to be honest. It's a cyclical league and sometimes you have to go down to come back up. Right now, the Lakers are down and it takes time. I don't know if we're going to have a chance this year or not. But obviously in the future, they'll be back where they have been many times.
As for the Lakers this season, Nash likely won't be a huge contributor on the court despite the fact he will earn $9.7 million, per Spotrac. But with his leadership and veteran presence, he can improve the product this season and into the future.
Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game during his 18 seasons in the league. During his two MVP seasons, the floor general put up more than 15 points and 10 assists both years for the Suns.
While he might still think about returning after this season—leaving the door ajar in his comments—Nash has already put together an impressive career. His career numbers and impact on the game should lead to his entry into the Hall of Fame after he calls it quits.
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