At 40 years old, Steve Nash knows his days in the NBA are limited. Speaking with Slovenia's Sport TV, Nash said this season will be his last.
"I want to just play one more full season," Nash said. "I think this is my last season. I still love to play, I still love to practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend many, many years living this game without basketball, so it would be nice to play one more year."
Injuries limited Nash to only 15 games last season. The Lakers reportedly considered releasing Nash under the stretch provision, which would have spread his cap hit out over the next three years. But when the Lakers failed to either re-sign Pau Gasol or lure Carmelo Anthony, they chose to keep Nash so his salary comes off the books when his contract expires after the 2014-15 season.
In Nash's absence, Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar shared the point guard duties for the Lakers last season. Both players left the team this offseason, with Marshall joining the Bucks and Farmar signing with the Clippers. Jeremy Lin, who the Lakers acquired in a trade with the Rockets, will likely assume the starting role.
GALLERY: THE BiGGEST SPORTS RETIREMENTS OF 2014
Biggest Retirements of 2014
After 32 seasons as a head coach, California's Mike Montgomery, 67, announced his retirement on March 31. Montgomery's teams went 130-73 in his six years at Cal, including a 21-14 record and NIT berth this season. He previously spent 18 years at Stanford (392-168) and eight at Montana (154-77). He also coached two seasons with the NBA's Golden State Warriors.
Hernández's reliability and durability allowed him to rack up 178 wins, the fourth most by a Cuban-born pitcher and most ever by a pitcher who defected from Cuba after Fidel Castro's revolution. A below-average pitcher on his career who did start two games in two different World Series (1997 and 2002), Hernández is unlikely to draw more than a token Hall of Fame vote, nor should he, but his was absolutely a career worth remembering.
After six seasons in the NFL, running back Rashard Mendenhall has reportedly told teams he is retiring -- and for some interesting reasons. Mendenhall never fully recovered from an ACL tear in 2011, which affected his 2012 and 2013 performances. The 26-year-old ends his career with 1,081 carries, 4,236 yards and 72 touchdowns. <bold>GALLERY: BIGGEST RETIREMENTS OF 2013</bold> <bold>GALLERY: BIGGEST RETIREMENTS OF 2012</bold> <bold>GALLERY: BIGGEST RETIREMENTS OF 2011</bold> <bold>GALLERY: BIGGEST RETIREMENTS OF 2010</bold>
Arguably the most important commissioner in American professional sports history, David Stern spent 30 years at the helm of the NBA. Under his watch, the NBA expanded tremendously, both nationally and internationally. Games are now televised in 215 countries and regular season contests are regularly played outside North America. Stern also changed the structure of the league, instituting a salary cap and revenue sharing.
The longtime Yankees shortstop announced in February his intention to retire from baseball at the end of the 2014 season, which will be his 20th season. "Captain Clutch" will finish his career as an all-time pinstripes legend and one of the greats of his era. Entering his final year, Jeter has played in 13 All-Star games and has won five World Series championships. When he officially retires, he'll be remembered as one of the greatest New York Yankees ever and a player who helped usher in a new era of Yankee glory.
As baseball's commissioner since 1992, Bud Selig has presided over his fair share of controversies, including the so-called Steroid Era and the 1994 players' strike. Selig announced last September that he planned to retire after the 2014 season, which will be his 23rd season in his role as commissioner. Although aspects of his tenure have been controversial, Selig has also overseen a major attendance spike for the game, the debut of the World Baseball Classic, and a changed MLB postseason format.
The former Astros ace decided to leave the mound for good this offseason after three career All-Star appearances and five finishes in the top-five of Cy Young voting. Oswalt spent the majority of his career with Houston before joining the Phillies in 2010. After a brief stint in Philadelphia, he played a year for each the Rangers and Rockies. While Oswalt won't be remembered as the greatest pitcher of his generation, he was one of the game's most consistent starting arms throughout his career.
The longtime Texas Ranger announced his retirement from baseball in late January after spending 14 years in the big leagues. From 2004 to 2009, Young was named to six straight All-Star teams and added a seventh appearance in 2011. He played for the Rangers for 13 seasons before splitting time this past season with the Phillies and Dodgers. Young was a very good hitter, leading the league in batting average in 2005 and batting over .300 for seven seasons. He helped take Texas to two straight World Series in 2010 and 2011, although the Rangers failed to win either Series.
After only playing 73 games for the Rangers in 2013, Lance Berkman decided to retire in late January. Berkman played 12 years for the Houston Astros before bouncing around between the Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers since he was traded to New York in 2010. Throughout his stay in Houston, Berkman was one of the game's better hitters, racking up a career-high 45 home runs and 136 RBIs in 2006. The six-time All-Star led the Astros to the World Series in 2005, but Houston fell to the White Sox. He finished his career with 359 home runs, 1,191 RBIs and a lifetime .296 batting average. <bold>GALLERY: BIGGEST RETIREMENTS OF 2013</bold> <bold>GALLERY: BIGGEST RETIREMENTS OF 2012</bold> <bold>GALLERY: BIGGEST RETIREMENTS OF 2011</bold> <bold>GALLERY: BIGGEST RETIREMENTS OF 2010</bold>
- Dan Gartland