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What if the lockout doesn’t end? Now we have to face the potential that the two aforementioned veteran greats will miss an entire season, one that could be close to the last of their careers.
Hill is 39 and has said that he would like to keep playing, but you couldn’t blame the guy if after his 40th birthday and an entire season off the court he calls it quits.
Nash’s case is a little different. He’s only 37 and doesn’t have any plans to retire soon.
But what about that elusive ring?
The 2011-12 season would be the last on his contract with Phoenix before he's free to leave. As much as Suns fans might say that they wouldn’t mind seeing Nash move to a contender and at least get a chance at winning the championship, it would be a heartbreaker for Phoenix to lose it’s franchise player in one of the final seasons of his career.
Or maybe Nash will decide that it’s finally time to put those soccer skills to good use and quit basketball in lieu of playing for his own MLS team, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Hey, Michael Jordan did it.