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As reported by Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, Nash met with general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D'Antoni on Thursday. He wants to finish out the final year of his contract following a season in which he struggled with back, hamstring and knee issues. Despite all his problems, no doctor gave Nash any indication that it was time to retire.
"No, which is reassuring. I don't know it's a big threat [to life after basketball]. If I don't have to match 22-year-olds up and down the court, jump on an airplane between every game, I think I could fare quite well at the local pickup game. As far as like playing with my kids, and being active after my career, I don't think that's in jeopardy."Nash expects the Lakers to retain him and hopes to contribute both on the floor and as a mentor to the young guards. He did show flashes of his old self, but the difficulty he's faced is being able to stay healthy game-to-game.
"Regardless, I want to contribute. I would love to play 82 games next year. Whether I play or don't play, I'd love to be here for the young guys and be a sounding board. My situation is just a lot of mileage, and you have a whole bunch of bulging disks. I'm not even sure the doc knows exactly why it's presenting the way it is."Nash averaged 6.8 points on just 38.3 percent shooting from the floor and 5.7 assists per game. The 18-year veteran out of Santa Clara has played for the Suns, Mavericks and Lakers and has career averages of 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.