Steve Nash said that he is probably done playing this season after his latest setback, a pain in his hamstring that he described as a "bite."
In what was likely his last game of the season, Nash passed Golden State coach Mark Jackson for third place on the NBA’s all-time assists list Tuesday night against Houston. Nash had three points, three rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer in 13 minutes.
After the game, Nash said that he's likely done for the season. The injury could also mean his career is over. From Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
“Since I had a pretty good setback [Tuesday], I probably won’t play again [this season],” Nash said after the game. “But if I get a good recovery over the next week, I’d love to play again. But again, a big goal for me was to not go into the summer injured, and the fact that I had a setback today is kind of frustrating. But hopefully it’s something that I can work through quickly here, and if I work through quick enough, I’d love to play again. But it’s probably doubtful.”
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni alluded to Nash's career possibly being over. From McMenamin's report:
“It’s too bad everything comes to an end, and he’s had a great career,” D’Antoni said after the game, adding several times he felt “lucky” to have coached the eight-time All-Star in both Phoenix and L.A.
“I don’t think anybody, they can’t tell that,” D’Antoni said. “He’ll try, I’m sure. A lot of it’s mentally, whether he can do it mentally, because it’s going to take a lot, a lot of work and some luck and then the franchise and the management and Steve will sit down and they’ll make that determination.”