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How Nash found peace with retirement

How Nash found peace with retirement
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Ask him where his MVP trophies are and Julius Randle Womens Jersey Steve Nash isn't so sure. Invite him to go back and figuratively rewrite the ending to the playoff heartbreak of his choice, just for the sport of it, and Nash says there's no need. Remind him of that Sports Illustrated cover, on which he's bouncing giddily alongside Dwight Howard and a headline proclaiming how much fun was in store, and Nash can only acknowledge that "nothing worked out the way we intended it to work out." "It wasn't as much fun as we thought," Nash said with a chuckle meant as much as anything to convey chagrin. Yet it's not just imaginary do-overs that he shuns. He's not looking for sympathy or convenient alibis, either. Or your validation. He insists he can live with every barb about these three lost seasons with the Lakers -- just as he's always said he can take those no rings cracks -- because he remains convinced coming to L.A. was the best way to properly cap nearly two decades of playing NBA basketball the way he imagined his net-circling hero Wayne Gretzky would have. Nash firmly believes stepping into the cauldron of title-or-bust expectations in Hollywood, after the offensive revolution that sprouted in the desert and his time with the Phoenix Suns had come to an end, was the only way to play out his (mostly) storybook career. "I had incredibly high hopes coming here," Nash said as part of a 45-minute conversation Friday in his living room, some of which you might have already seen on SportsCenter. "I wanted to do great things in this city he said. "And it didn't happen. But a big part of why I came here was because I wanted to be in the fire. I wanted to be judged. I wanted to be under pressure in my last chapter. I didn't want to fade off. "And in some ways, I got bit by that. But that's what Wilt Chamberlain Authentic Jersey I wanted. That is the way to end your career ... [playing with] the most risk and the most reward. I accept it. It's been a great experience, regardless of the noise out there." Nash insists, furthermore, that the static about how little his battered body allowed him to give the Lakers in exchange for a three-year contract worth nearly $28 million and the four draft picks they surrendered in a sign-and-trade with the Suns actually only exists on Twitter and sports talk radio. "If you live online," Nash said, "you'd think I'm a pariah in the community." The reality? "Lakers fans have been unbelievable to me in person," he said. "I've never had a Lakers fan or a person in Los Angeles say a negative thing to me in two-and-a-half years. The opposite. People have been so supportive, so respectful." Those people apparently know the truth: how Nash worked harder in his rehab efforts over an 18-month period, after suffering career-altering nerve damage in a collision with Portland's Damian Lillard in his second game as a Laker, than he did at any point in his gym rat life. You should also know, if you haven't already read Nash's explanation on the matter, that he has essentially been retired since it was announced in October that he would be forced to sit out the entire 2014-15 campaign. The reason his retirement wasn't formally announced then? Lakers officials asked him to delay the news he broke Saturday so they could try to trade his expiring, $9.7 million contract for an asset with more staying power. The silver lining there, of course, is Nash has had some time to get used to the idea of telling the world what only family, friends and confidantes have known all season. "I actually feel like I'm doing great," Nash said. "The saving grace for me is that the mornings I wake up and say, 'I want to play today. Can I still do it?' ... it takes me about 30 seconds to realize, 'You can't do it.' So the answer was made for me. I just cannot do it anymore. "I had to just be honest and accept the fact http://www.authenticlakersstore.com/authentic-31-kurt-rambis-jersey.html that I can rehab this way for the next 10 years, and I'm not going to be in a position to help the team. So that saves me. That makes it bearable. That's made me, in some ways, kind of move past it. "There is going to be a transition here where I'm gonna have to become someone else, do something else, and that's going to be tricky. I don't want to underestimate that. But I feel pretty good about it."

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