Is Medical Retirement Best Option for Steve Nash?

It's sad to see, but Steve Nash's NBA career looks like it may be coming to an untimely end.

Nash was an All-Star just two seasons ago, but he has battled debilitating injuries since joining the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the 2013 season.

Medical retirement would have sounded laughable just a month ago, but the lingering effects of a broken leg suffered early last season continue to plague the Lakers point guard.

"It gets really confusing," Nash said last Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I have obviously back issues. It's nerves coming from my back. You could call it the back, you could call it the nerves, the pain in the hamstring, it's all the same thing. It gets a little convoluted."

You know the issue is serious when the player can't even pinpoint the source of the pain. 

Nash came out of L.A.'s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 10 after just 13 minutes of action.

"It's just when you're so limited and you're limping, you're trying to get off your left leg the whole time, then you just can't be effective and you're making it worse," said Nash. "I tried to play through it, but to what diminishing returns."

The two-time NBA MVP is the oldest player in the league and has one more year remaining on his contract after this one.

For a player who has reached the heights that Nash has scaled in his illustrious career, it's tough to call it quits so abruptly.

Nash was still an extremely effective player when last healthy. No doubt he believes in his own mind that he can get back to that level if his health permits.

But there's never been a battle that Father Time hasn't won.

During his brief time with the Lakers, Nash has already sat out 38 of the team's 94 games. He missed just 37 games total in his eight-year stint with the Phoenix Suns.

Even when he's been on the court, Nash has ...

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