Sometimes, the lack of an update can be considered news. Today, coach Mike D'Antoni codified that silence.
After morning shootaround, the Lakers chief admitted that his starting point guard Steve Nash would not return in this year's remaining 18 games. With Nash sitting out for the rest of the regular season, he'll cap off undoubtedly his worst campaign as a pro, playing just six games and averaging near career lows all over the board. It's been a nightmare two years for the two-time MVP, as his body has completely fallen apart on him from the start of his Lakers tenure.
D'Antoni's announcement doesn't come at all as a shock, as anyone who's been paying attention to the team all season has read about Nash's repeated difficulties in his return attempts. With his coach making it official, the point guard may have very well played his last game as a professional, or at least in a Lakers uniform. The team now has to make the difficult decision of whether or waive him via the stretch provision, which would spread his $10 million dollar cap hit over the next three seasons, or to just eat the cost in what might be another lost season next year.
Either way, this could be a disappointing end to one of the greatest players of this or any other generation.
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