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Steve Nash on considering retirement: 'Not yet'

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Steve Nash is thinking about returning Tuesday. (USATSI)
Steve Nash says he hasn't thought about retirement. (USATSI)

With Steve Nash recently turning 40, and battling injuries while playing for a mostly hopeless team this season, the natural assumption is that he'll finally consider hanging up the sneakers.

But he says he hasn't thought about it yet.

"Not yet," Nash said via ESPNLA when asked if he has thought about retirement. "We'll see. But I still enjoy being back there on the court so much that this [nerve irritation] is nothing compared to that feeling of being one of the guys and being on the team and trying to win games. So, it's still well worth it to me."

Like Nash said, retirement is permanent, unless you're Michael Jordan or Brett Favre, but mostly, when you're done, it's done. And for a basketball player like Nash, even though he's had a long, incredible, Hall-of-Fame-level career, there's still more to be done.

But he's been fighting injuries the past two seasons, with his troublesome back and now recent leg injury.

"I would say it's probably going to flare up from time to time," Nash said of his injuries. "I don't know if I'll ever [get over it]. I'll probably deal with this for the rest of my life in some way."

Another reason not to retire: Nash has one year left after this season on his contract, paying him $9.7 million. That's a pretty good reason to grit your teeth and play on. Just call it a solid retirement plan.

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