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Steve Nash: ‘I think this is my last season’


Steve Nash is 40 years old. He missed 67 games last season and 32 the year before. His previous coach implied his career was over.

In nearly every way, Nash fits the profile of a player headed toward retirement.

Except one.

Nash stands to make $9,701,000 next season, which is why he’s not retiring.

But when Nash’s contract expires in 2015, and he’ll have to fight just to get a minimum contract, that’s a different story. So, Nash all but confirmed the timeline that makes most sense for his career.

Nash (hat tip: Mark Medina of Inside the Lakers):

I think this is my last season. But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year.

Nash has had a great career, winning two MVPs while playing for the revolutionary run-and-gun Suns. Even if he contributes nothing this season – and I expect very little – he’s headed to the Hall of Fame.

Hopefully, he enjoys his final season despite his physical issues. At least he can take solace in knowing he’ll retire – and cashing those final large paychecks.

(Also, props to Nash for noting in the video Goran Dragic’s All-NBA third-team selection was more meaningful than his All-Star exclusion.)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist taken to hospital after shoulder injury

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.

Derrick Rose expected to rejoin Bulls on Wednesday

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CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.

“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”

Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.

“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”

The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.

Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.