Steve Nash hasn’t made any formal pronouncements regarding the end of his career, but he’s under no illusions that he’ll be coming back to the NBA, as he made clear Tuesday on The Bro Jake Show on TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver, as TSN.ca transcribes. Nash’s contract with the Lakers expires at season’s end.
“I never worked as hard as I did the last 18 months, two years, twice a day almost every day to try to just give it that one last year,” Nash said. “And I finally just had to admit that it’s just not meant to be.”
Nash added that he accepts the situation because “I gave it everything I possibly could.” While we wait for the 41-year-old to finally close the book on his career, here’s more from around the Pacific Division:
- The Suns promised Goran Dragic before last summer’s sign-and-trade acquisition of Isaiah Thomas that they wouldn’t add to an already crowded backcourt, multiple league sources tell Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick.
- A lack of leadership and dispassionate, inconsistent play from the Suns doesn’t exactly make the franchise attractive to marquee free agents who want a winning situation, opines Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic.
- Vlade Divac‘s new position as vice president of basketball and franchise operations for the Kings technically puts him on top of the team’s basketball staff, but the practical implications of that aren’t as clear-cut, according to Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee. The team’s official announcement of Divac’s hiring, released after Voisin’s story, indicates that Divac will be advising the front office and coaching staff.