Pacific Rumors: Nash, D’Antoni, Thompson

No one can accuse Steve Nash of not being honest.  When asked by reporters today why he won’t retire, the Lakers guard said, “It’s just a reality. I’m not going to retire because I want the money. It’s honest,” according to Arash Markazi of (via Twitter links). “You’re going to have people say he’s so greedy he’s got to take this last little bit…Yes, I do. I have to take this last little bit.  I’m sorry if that’s frustrating to some but if they were in my shoes they would do the exact same thing.

  • Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni says that he doesn’t think about his job status, despite the constant speculation, tweets Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.  “My job is to finish up as good as we can. Then everybody huddles…and we’ll see what happens,” the coach said.
  • D’Antoni also downplayed Kobe Bryant‘s recent criticism of the Lakers organization, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News tweets.  There was also a report that Bryant is unhappy with D’Antoni and has no interest in playing for him next season.
  • Jason Thompson, the subject of trade talk before February’s deadline, is trying to make the most of his benching by Kings coach Michael Malone, writes the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones.

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