Right now, the plan is for Lakers guard Steve Nash to return to the lineup in two weeks, give or take.
However, as we all know, sometimes plans don’t always work out. Especially when you’re dealing with something that is completely out of your hands – such as an injury.
Nash is suffering from nerve root irritation, something that he’s been battling since he broke his leg a year ago. Sounds troublesome, no?
But what happens if those two weeks become more like couple months? Does he resort to retirement? Maybe. Possibly. It’s an option. I guess.
[via LA Times]
Retirement isn’t presently on the table but what if Nash’s two weeks extends to two, three and four months?
Should the Lakers’ back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, determine that any additional effort by Nash to play would constitute a medically unacceptable risk, the veteran point guard may end his career via forced medical retirement.
Nash is owed $9.3 million for the current year and $9.7 million for next season. If he’s found to be physically unable to play, he would still receive full compensation.
The NBA would then do its due diligence, sending a league-appointed physician to verify Watkins’ findings.
If the league would sign off, the final year of Nash’s contract would be completely removed from the Lakers’ salary cap — as long as he plays in fewer than 10 games this season.
With that said, it should be made clear that medical retirements are rare in the NBA and if he does in fact elect that route, it won’t be right away. As far as we know, he’s going to work his butt off to make a return to the court.
Right now, the plan is still in tact — a return to the court for Nash in two weeks. If complications began to occur, then we’ll talk about the possibility of retirement for Nash. But that’s still a ways away, if we even get that far.
After the career that Nash has had, I’m sure the last thing he wants to do is retire forcefully and not on his terms.