Friday, March 1, 2013
Nash still happy he signed with Lakers
By Nick Borges
There is a chance the Los Angeles Lakers won't make the playoffs, however Steve Nash says he doesn't regret signing with team.
"Ten out of 10 times, I make the same decision again," Nash told USA TODAY. "I've gotten to see my kids probably four times as much as I'd seen them if I'd have gone back East. That's first and foremost. Second of all, it's a great experience to play for the Lakers organization. ... I'm happy here."
The Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors had interest in Nash, too, however only the Knicks are going to make the playoffs. Ultimately he wanted to be close as possible to his children in Phoenix, which is why he chose the Lakers.
Nash may have ended his career in the NBA if the Lakers didn't come calling.
"If L.A. wouldn't have worked, I honestly think he would've considered retiring," says agent Bill Duffy. "He said that three or four times from July 1 to July 5 (during free agency), and I was saying, 'If he wants to retire, I have to respect it, but let's piece this thing together so you can get what you want and continue to play.' "
Nash is signed though 2014-15 when he's set to make $9.7 million.